When considering drugs and addiction, we must remember a few things at the outset. First, the differential prohibition of drugs changes over time, depending upon the demands and views within society. Secondly, we must not forget that the most widely available drugs include alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. We must therefore realise that the use of psychoactive substances is the norm and not necessarily deviant. It is this common experience (irrespective of the substance used) that should inform policy, practice and ethical considerations in this difficult and challenging area of work.
|Title of host publication||Psychology and crime: understanding and tackling offending behaviour|
|Editors||Francis Pakes, Jane Winstone|
|Place of Publication||Cullhompton|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|