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Grapendaal, Martin and Leuw, Ed and Nelen, Hans (1995) A world of opportunities: life-style and economic behaviour of heroin addicts in Amsterdam. SUNY series in new social studies on alcohol and drugs. Albany: State University of New Yotk Press .

This book examines the policies of the Dutch toward illicit drug use and the effect these policies have had on heroin addicts and drug-related crime.

In many countries, the debate on drug issues has turned into polarization between legalization and prohibition. This book provides a third strategy, a "compromise" between the two extreme positions. The Netherlands, particularly its capital Amsterdam, is known for its relatively tolerant attitude to the illegal drug phenomenon. In contrast to the American ideology of radical prohibitionism that has resulted in a "war on drugs," the Dutch have adopted their own 'pragmatic' approach, which involves decriminalization of the use of drugs and some (limited) tolerance for the hard drugs scene to become open and visible within society.

The central theme of this book is to determine whether the life style and the economic behavior of heroin addicts have been influenced by the Dutch social and cultural climate. Emphasis has been put on drug related crime and the influence of methadone maintenance programs on the nature and extent of criminal activities.


Item Type:Book
Date:1995
Call No:BL2, TL4
Pages:240 p.
Publisher:State University of New Yotk Press
Place of Publication:Albany
ISBN:0-7914-2242-9
Keywords:heroin, methadone maintenance, type of relationship and interaction, drug decriminalization, Amsterdam
Notes:Contains bibliographic references and index.
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Accession Number:HRB 2370 (Available)
Subjects:VA Geographic area > Europe > Netherlands
B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Heroin
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Drug decriminalisation or legalisation
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Substance related crime
L Social psychology and related concepts > Legal availability or accessibility
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)
L Social psychology and related concepts > Lifestyle
HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method > Substance replacement method (substitution) > Methadone maintenance
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour

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