27 February 2015
Drugs: What is the problem and how do we perceive it? Policies on drugs in Nordic Countries
Drugs problems have been seen first and foremost as a problem for control and punishment, then health and social welfare. Later on also care and harm reductions have been seen as relevant answers. These complex and contradictory policies have just partially been relevant answers to the problems.
Usually drugs are seen as the major problem. But increasingly, poverty is seen as the major problem, and drugs policies as an answer to handle the poor parts of populations, as presented by Wacquant in Punishing the poor (2009).
How to develop the Nordic drugs policies in the future in relation to changes in policies in recent years in USA, Latin America, and Portugal as well as harm-reduction movements?