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Caribbean Drugs: From Criminalization to Harm Reduction Axel Klein

Caribbean Drugs: From Criminalization to Harm Reduction

Axel Klein

Published August 1st 2004
ISBN : 9781842774991
Paperback
272 pages
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Policy makers in many parts of the world are interested in the role of Caribbean countries in the production and trans-shipment of illicit drugs. However, the self-interest of developed countries has not been matched by an analysis of drug use andMorePolicy makers in many parts of the world are interested in the role of Caribbean countries in the production and trans-shipment of illicit drugs. However, the self-interest of developed countries has not been matched by an analysis of drug use and problems in the Caribbean itself. This very welcome book provides a unique insight into smaller countries attempts to shape their policy and response to drugs in the context of national, regional and international imperatives. - Professor Gerry Stimson, Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, Imperial College, LondonAbout a century ago a few colonial countries plus the USA designed a system of prohibiting drugs that now can be considered a major problem for human rights and state sovereignty. This books useful analysis of the unintended consequences in the Caribbean transit zone of prohibition as drug control may help bring about a much needed review of the system. - Professor Peter Cohen, Centre for Drug Research, University of AmsterdamA refreshing look at how the criminalization of ganja has driven a wedge between society and the state in the Caribbean, and how the prosecution of possession fills up the gaols while the differential application of the law allows traffickers to go free. The book is realistic in acknowledging the irresistible pressure from North America and Europe to stop the trafficking through these countries but cogently makes the point that this should not drive domestic policy into more and more punitive responses. - Cindy Fazey, Professor of International Relations, University of LiverpoolThis book fills a major gap, providing substance abuse researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and general readers on both sides of the Atlantic with a collection of interesting and provocative essays. I highly recommend it. - James A. Inciardi, Director, Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies, University of Delaware