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The article estimates the deaths and years of life lost due to use of illegal drugs in Canada in the year 2002. In 2002, for Canada, 1,695 deaths were attributable to illegal drug use, 0.8% of all deaths: 1,183 of men (1.0%) and 512 in women (0.5%). Main causes of illegal drug use-attributable...
The aim of the article is to report how treatment staff think priorities for access to alcohol and drug treatment are and should be set and to describe the extent to which different client groups are seen as receiving the treatment they need. Questionnaires were sent to staff in the social and...
Medically supervised injecting centers, or drug consumption rooms are officially sanctioned places where people can inject or smoke illegal drugs in hygienic conditions and under supervision. Their ostensible purposes are to protect the health of drug users and contain the nuisance potential of...
Suicide-related behavior (SRB) among heroin users is a complex and multifaceted continuum, including such fringe areas as indifference and “risky” behavior. The article investigates the nuances and intersections of SRB, using qualitative semi-structured interviews with 60 regular heroin users...
While petrol sniffing amonge Australian Aboriginal youth has received significant public and academic attention, the experience of petrol sniffing as articulated by sniffers themselves and community's perceptions of petrol sniffing have been underexplored. Through an ethnographic analysis of a...
Elements of a “pluralized” drug policy have been emerging in the United States that attempt to augment punishment with an emphasis on enhanced public health and therapeutic measures. While much of this reform involves compulsory treatment diversion, a “middle ground” to reform has involved the...
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