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Drug use and social exclusion: the implications for policy. Dr Aileen O’Gorman School of Applied Social Sciences University College Dublin [email protected],ie. Scottish Drugs Forum Drug problems and poverty – the poor relations? 22 June 2006. Key issue.
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Drug use is a widespread social phenomenon. Yet, ‘problem drug use’ is concentrated in socially and spatially excluded neighbourhoods.
Cumulative & interconnected variables
Dynamic of social exclusion in a risk environment
you\'ve nothing to do, you\'re bored silly, you haven\'t even got your pride, you don\'t know who you are when you\'ve no work. At least if you\'re an addict it\'s something, ‘I\'m a junkie’ do you know what I mean. You don\'t have worries when you\'re on it you know, you\'re just - you\'re happy. You don\'t know whether you\'re happy ‘cos you\'re sitting there watching Coronation Street or ‘cos you\'re stoned out of your head. And that\'s, that\'s the truth you know It just takes the worry away.
Policy & Political Context
Could have been interpreted as a culture of poverty, an underclass …. Instead found:
Identification of social need
Evaluation of policy & effects
Social care rather than social control
Interconnected services for interconnected needs
Treatment – drug user as a patient rather than deviant
Community development approach to drugs work
Universal policies and services
Education - equality
Housing – design, management and allocation policies
Wealth distributionPolicy responses?
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