Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The governance of female drug usersWomen's experiences of drug policy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Natasha Du Rose

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426727

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426727.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM POLICY PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.policypress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Policy Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PPSO for personal use.date: 30 March 2020

Prohibition

Prohibition

Chapter:
(p.67) Three Prohibition
Source:
The governance of female drug users
Author(s):

Natasha Du Rose

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426727.003.0003

Chapter 4 focuses on the impact of the technology of prohibition on the lives of female users. It examines how the war on drugs is a war on women. How drug policy discourses in the UK, US and Canada construct the problem to be governed including as harm to the individual female user, the community, children and foetuses is explored. The chapter then outlines the proposed solutions to the ‘problem’ of women’s drug use. Not all women are treated equally in the war on drugs and some are responsibilised more than others including black, poor and vulnerable women. Arguably, the war on drugs causes more harm to women than the drugs themselves. This idea is explored through research evidence on women in prison, the criminalisation of pregnancy and drug using women’s punishment and medicalisation as both offenders and victims of crime.

Keywords:   prohibition, war on drugs, prison population, race, poverty, mothers, children, pregnancy, offenders, victims

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.