Demystifying Drugs

A Psychosocial Perspective

  • Ted Goldberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. On Drugs and Drug Consumers

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  3. Deviant Careers

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      Pages 79-79
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  4. Narcotics Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-291

About this book


Based on extensive participant observation research, a life-history model is presented to explain why very few of those who come into contact with narcotics become problematic consumers; that is make drugs one of the most central elements in their lives. The model covers four stages in the deviant career; two preceding and two subsequent to the individual's narcotics debut. Prohibition and harm reduction as models for intervention are presented, and the implications for drug policy of the life-history model are discussed.


behavior drug policy drugs intervention Irish Republican Army (IRA) narcotics research

Authors and affiliations

  • Ted Goldberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social WorkStockholm UniversitySweden

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-72246-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-27618-9
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