Drug Abuse and Social Policy in America: The War That Must Be Won (Paperback)Barry Stimmel (author)
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Why do we provide insufficient treatment facilities and incarcerate users, yet wonder why more prison space is needed?
Why do we readily agree to build more prisons rather than community centers that provide alternatives for youths?
Why are we concerned with teenage smoking and drinking, yet allow advertising of these substances?
Why do we advocate rehabilitation, but not hire people in recovery?
Why do we ask pregnant women with drug problems to seek help, then try to take custody of their children rather than provide social support while they receive treatment?Drug Abuse and Social Policy in America challenges academics, practitioners, and future social service providers and policymakers to rethink their entire conception of the problem of substance abuse in America with a cutting question: "Have we made any substantial progress in diminishing the sue of nicotine, the excessive consumption of alcohol, or the inappropriate use of prescription drugs, all of which are responsible for more illnesses and societal costs than all illicit drugs combined?" Identifying this as the place where all efforts to curb drug use must start, Drug Abuse and Social Policy in America offers readers many ways that individuals, communities, organizations, and society can take action and be more effective in convincing both those who consume drugs and those who profit from their sale that their actions are inappropriate and unacceptable.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm