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Author Levy, Jay.

Title The War on People who Use Drugs : the Harms of Sweden's Aim for a Drug-Free Society
Published Milton : Taylor and Francis, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (157 pages)
Contents Cover; Half title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; Glossary, acronyms, and abbreviations; Introduction; Sweden: a bastion of 'liberal' democracy?; Eugenics, social engineering, sterilisations, containment, and control; Methodology; The foci of my research; Moving into the People's Home; Meeting respondents; Interviews, consent, and confidentiality; Presentation of research; A brief (but important) note on language; Overview of this book; 1. Historical, legal, discursive precedent; Moral panic in the People's Home: racism, HIV/AIDS, and drugs
High threshold substitution therapy: barriers to seeking assistanceCompulsory treatment; Disseminating dominant discourse: biopower, geopower, discipline; Summary: conditionality and discipline; 6. The outcomes of Sweden's war on people who use drugs; Impacts of the criminalisation of drug use; Stigma; Arrests and fines; Disincentives to seek assistance: losing child custody, compulsory care, criminalisation; Results of 'harm exacerbation' policies; High threshold methadone; Illegal needles, needle sharing, and needle reusing; Blood-borne infections; Ineligibility for hepatitis C treatment
Opposition to harm reductionNeedle and syringe programmes; Opposition to needle and syringe programmes; Injection paraphernalia availability; Education; Safer drug use; Information on blood-borne infections; Opiate substitution therapy; Opposition to substitution therapy; Substitution therapy availability; The Malmö model -- a second 'Swedish model'?; Summary: variability of services and harm exacerbation; 5. Experiences of service and healthcare provision; Spatial segregation; Social services; Opiate substitution therapy; Gaining access; Disciplining and conditionality
Some drugs better than others: Swedish national drugsAlcohol; Snus; Summary: pathologisation and demonisation of drugs and people who use them; 3. Dynamics and displacement of Swedish drug use; Which drugs?; Levels of drug use; Levels of alcohol consumption; Spaces: public drug scenes; Making contact; A displacement of drug dealing and of people who use drugs; Broader projects of displacement and social engineering; Summary: drug difficulties, displacement, containment, and control; 4. Service provision and harm reduction; Harm reduction; The need for harm reduction; Harm reduction strategies
The commissions and remiss responses: creating a drug-free societyCriminalising use; Compulsory care; International models: war on drugs vs drug law reform; Creating consensus; The roles of RNS, FMN, and RFHL in achieving consensus; Absence of divergent voices; Exclusions of drug users; Summary: moral panic, consensus, and silencing; 2. Reimagining drugs (and people who use them); Sending a signal and political posturing; Drug use as disease, drug users as vectors; Drug users: pathologisation and infantilisation; Are all drugs bad?; Swedish conflations
Summary "This book explores the outcomes of Sweden's aim to create a 'drug-free society' on the lived realities, health, and welfare of people who use drugs, and on the dynamics of Swedish drug use. Drawing on a wealth of empirical data, including extensive interview testimony and participant observation from years of fieldwork conducted in Sweden, the book debunks the widely-believed myth that Sweden is a progressive, liberal, inclusive?state. In contrast to its? liberal reputation, Sweden has criminalised the use of drugs and allows for compulsory treatment for those with drug dependencies. The work? argues that Swedish law and policy cannot be demonstrated to have decreased drug use as intended, with the law used instead as a means with which to displace people who use drugs from public spaces in Sweden's cities. And where the law has failed in its ambition to decrease drug use, Swedish law and policy have increased and exacerbated the problems, dangers, and harms that can be associated with it. People who use drugs in Sweden experience considerable and endemic?difficulties with health, violence, abuse, and social exclusion, stigma, and discrimination as a result of Sweden's drug laws, policies, and discourses."--Provided by publisher
Notes People who use drugs and the Swedish police and security forces
Print version record
Subject LAW -- Comparative.
LAW -- Criminal Law -- General.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1351677101