Attitudes Towards Drug Laws in Qualitative Interviews

  • Birgit KöchlEmail author
  • Edyta DrzazgaEmail author
  • Paola RossiEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


This chapter reports the results from qualitative interviews not only of professionals from both the judicial and the treatment sector but also from politicians. The interviews focused on the attitudes of these different professional groups on drug addiction as a disease, on the debate on decriminalization of personal drug use, and on preconditions for successful treatment of drug-addicted offenders. Notwithstanding the differences deriving from the different legislative approaches to drug use and drug addiction, it becomes obvious that public opinion on the handling of drug-addicted offenders influences politicians and professionals from the judicial sector more than those from the treatment sector. The need for interdisciplinary and public dialogue of the impact of addiction as a chronic disease is demonstrated. The role of criminal law in response to the problem of illegal drugs and drug addiction needs to be discussed.


Drug addiction as a disease Decriminalization Preconditions for successful treatment Attitudes of professionals from the judicial and treatment sector and politicians 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Public HealthMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of CriminologyJagiellonian University KrakówKrakówPoland
  3. 3.Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Addiction (INAD), Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM)BarcelonaSpain

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