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Responding to Drug Misuse
Research and Policy Priorities in Health and Social Care

Edited By

Susanne MacGregor

ISBN 9780415474702
Published October 19, 2009 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Responding to Drug Misuse provides a unique insight into the current shape of the drugs treatment system in England.

Reporting findings from research linked to the government's ten year drugs strategy Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain, the book places these in the context of policy, practice, and service development. It goes on to discuss the implications of these findings for the government’s new strategy Drugs: Protecting Families and Communities. Throughout the book contributors reflect on current debates on drug strategies and social policy and consider the relevance of the findings for policy and practice. Topics discussed include:

  • recent trends in drug policy and how these link to crime
  • responses of dedicated drug treatment services
  • service users' perceptions and suggestions for improvement
  • the impact of drug misuse on children, families and communities.

This timely addition to the literature on drug misuse will be essential for substance use practitioners, including social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses. It will also supply helpful guidance for health and social care commissioners and policy providers.

Table of Contents

MacGregor, Policy Responses to the Drugs Problem. Duke, The Focus on Crime and Coercion in UK Drugs Policy. Macleod, Drug-taking and its Psycho-social Consequences. Raistrick, Tober, Godfrey, Parrott, Treatment as Usual. Weaver, Goyder, Hart, Fehler, Metrebian, Crawford, Care Co-ordination in Drug Treatment Services. Donmall, Millar, The Effect of Waiting for Treatment. Radcliffe, Stevens, Early Exit: Estimating and Explaining Early Exit from Drug Treatment. Neale, Godfrey, Parrott, Sheard, Tompkins, Barriers to the Effective Treatment of Injecting Drug Users. Metrebian, Sell, Shanahan, Carnwath, Alcorn, Ruben, Mehdikhani, Stimson, Prescribing Injectable Opiates for the Treatment of Opiate Dependence. Kouimtsidis, Drummond, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Opiate Misusers in Methadone Maintenance Treatment. Crawford, Patterson, Agath, Weaver, Involving Service Users in Efforts to Improve the Quality of Drug Misuse Services. Weaver, Charles, Barnes, Tyrer, Co-morbidity in Treatment Populations. Frisher, Crome, Martino, Bashford, Croft, Epidemiology of Drug Misuse and Psychiatric Co-morbidity in Primary Care. Orford, Copello, Simon, Waheed, Fazil, Graham, Mahmood, McNeil, Roberts, Offering a Service to BME Family Members Affected by Close Relatives’ Drug Problems. Clay, Corlyon, A Review of Services for Children and Young People with Drugs Misusing Carers. Kroll, Taylor, Dilemmas in Intervening Effectively in Families Where There is Parental Drug Misuse. MacGregor, Evidence and New Policy Questions.

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Susanne MacGregor holds a Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellowship at the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is the Programme Coordinator for the Department of Health's Drugs Misuse Research Initiative.


"This is an excellent collection of relevant empirically-based research which should be used to inform contemporary drugs misuse policy in the UK." - Elizabeth Ettorre, Professor of Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK

"A stimulating and diverse collection of perspectives on responding to the Drugs problem, and a welcome focus on the important personal and family aspects of health and social care responses - a thought-provoking and rewarding read.' - Professor John Strang, Director, National Addiction Centre, London, UK