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Addiction Debates

Addiction Debates
Hot Topics from Policy to Practice

First edition

October 2019 | 136 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Addiction Debates explores the tumultuous landscape of addiction research, policy and practice. Covering all the 'hot topics' of the day in a balanced and informative manner, Comiskey provides international perspectives on each topic, stimulating debate and discussion via the different approaches taken globally.

Considering the complexities of debates around legalisation, rehabilitation, abstinence, harm reduction, and the current opioid epidemic, this SAGE Swift also looks into the health and social concerns related to drug consumption. Less-often debated topics include the ageing population of people who use drugs, the rights of the child of parents who use drugs, and the pressure these unique factors put on public health and associated services. A relevant text for a range of disciplines and people, sure to inform, challenge and continue the debate.

Chapter 1: The Motions for Debate
Chapter 2: Prohibition, Decriminalisation or Legalisation: The Cannabis Conundrum
Chapter 3: Towards Treatment and Harm Reduction, or Recovery and Rehabilitation
Chapter 4: Medically Supervised Safe Injecting Facilities, Drug Consumption Rooms and Local Communities
Chapter 5: Hidden Harms and the Children of Parents Who Use Substances
Chapter 6: Premature Ageing, Chronic Illness and Caring for People Who Use Drugs
Chapter 7: Trade Wars: The Opiate Epidemic, Overdose and Naloxone
Chapter 8: The Future of Addiction Research, Policy and Practice: Challenges and Opportunities
Chapter 9: This House Concludes and Presents a Conceptual Framework for Future Development

Catherine Comiskey’s book tackles the current debates and controversies in the field of substance use head-on, in a way that is provocative, theoretically sophisticated, and solidly grounded in data.  This is the book I’ve been looking for to use in classes with advanced undergraduates and post-doctoral trainees, as well as to recommend to colleagues who lament how difficult it is to stay current with the rapidly evolving trends in substance use and related policies. This book fulfills a need to understand the “big issues” in the field of addiction research and policy, as well as being a pleasure to read. 

Professor Christine Grella
Co-Director, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

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