アイルランドに見る違法薬物対策の失敗<br>The Irish War on Drugs : The Seductive Folly of Prohibition

アイルランドに見る違法薬物対策の失敗
The Irish War on Drugs : The Seductive Folly of Prohibition

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 244 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780719077906
  • DDC分類 362.29156109417

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This book provides the first comprehensive, critical analysis of the drugs problem in Ireland over the last thirty years with a particular focus on the role of drugs in crime and the role of prohibition in generating drug-related harms. Using Ireland's disastrous history of prohibition and the failure of its well-resourced harm reduction programme as a case study, the book goes on to challenge the global dominance of prohibitionist ideology, which is seen as an emotionally driven and fundamentally irrational belief system, which flies in the face of overwhelming evidence that prohibition does more harm than good.Prohibition's defences against the mass of evidence demonstrating its detrimental effects and ultimate futility are one by one exposed and dismantled.The book argues that international and national law should be based on a realistic appraisal of human nature and that a scientific view of human psychology and of the human condition explains not only the value and irresistible attraction of mood-altering substances, but also the young's stubborn resistance to the prohibitionist message. The book argues that society would make substantial gains from accepting the libertarian view that there is a right to use drugs so long as others' rights are not infringed. A non-coercive harm reduction approach based on the right to use drugs could have major benefits, eliminating many of the ill-effects of prohibition and creating a positive attitudinal dynamic that lowers the irresponsible and destructive use of drugs. -- .

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures                         vii
Acknowledgements ix
1 Philosophy, politics and rhetoric 1
2 Three major perspectives: drug-free 17
world/prohibition, drug use as a human right
and harm reductionism
3 Drugs and crime 47
4 'Inherent' drug-related crime: the criminal 68
justice system response
5 The evolving Irish policy on drugs and 81
drug-related crime
6 A balanced policy? Effective compromise or 107
confused muddle?
7 The general failure of prohibition to 121
prevent drug use: underlying reasons and key
implications
8 The failure of Irish prohibition 143
9 The seductive folly of prohibition 176
10 The promise of alternative approaches: the 217
possibility of a Kuhnian paradigm shift in the
way we think about drugs
Index 239