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Drugtaking and Prevention: The Implications of Research for Social Policy

Plant, Martin


Martin Plant


Aetiological theories of drug use are briefly reviewed. It is concluded that many complex factors appear to give rise to drug use in general and to drug dependence in particular. Illegal drug use is sometimes attributable to profound social conditions, ideologies, deprivation of psychological disposition. Such factors may, by their nature, be resistant to traditional methods of health education. It is suggested that future policy might be more successful if aimed at ‘high risk’ groups and based upon a more realistic assessment of the causes of drug use. Copyright © 1980, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved


Plant, M. (1980). Drugtaking and Prevention: The Implications of Research for Social Policy. British journal of addiction, 75(3), 245-254.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 1980
Publicly Available Date
Journal British Journal of Addiction
Print ISSN 0952-0481
Electronic ISSN 1360-0443
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 75
Issue 3
Pages 245-254
Keywords drug taking, prevention, social policy
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