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King, Peadar (2003) The politics of drugs: from production to consumption,. Dublin: Liffey Press .

Peadar King examines the factors that drive demand and consumption and concludes that both have much in common. He takes the perspective of the people on the ground working with drugs, on both the production and consumption side. In terms of production, the peasant farmers of countries such as Afghanistan, Bolivia and Colombia, who are forced by poverty into drug production, are the ones who suffer directly from the war on drugs. On the consumption side, the extent of drug use is at its most visible in Ireland in the devastation caused to users, families and communities by heroin, and the struggle is between the opposing approaches of "zero tolerance" and "harm reduction". Between production and consumption, a sinister and highly profitable industry has been built.

The book concludes that there are no easy answers. Irrespective of one's own response and ideology, there is general recognition that the centuries-old desire for psychoactive substances, whether as an act of desperation or celebration, will always remain part of the human condition and all the military might in the world will not change that.


Item Type:Book
Date:2003
Call No:MP18.2,, VH4.2
Pages:xiii,
Publisher:Liffey Press
Place of Publication:Dublin
ISBN:1 904148 19 0
Keywords:government and politics, war on drugs, harm reduction policy, politics (field), Ireland, government policy, Drugs Policy
Notes:includes bibliographical references and index
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Accession Number:HRB 1691 (Available), HRB 1715 (Available), HRB 1717 (Available), HRB 1716 (Available)
Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Prohibition (Substance use public policy)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Supply reduction policy
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Drug decriminalisation or legalisation
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Government and politics
L Social psychology and related concepts > Legal availability or accessibility
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Demand reduction policy
VA Geographic area > International aspects
MM-MO Crime and law > Organised crime
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Harm reduction policy
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Substance related crime > Crime associated with substance production and distribution

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