Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations for Drug Policy and the Application of Drug Laws

  • Stefan SchumannEmail author
  • Richard Soyer
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)


Based on the desktop, quantitative, and qualitative researches, in this chapter, we discuss the main findings on the different approaches to drug offenses and drug-addicted offenders in Austria, Poland, and Spain. While simple answers cannot be provided, it becomes obvious that drug addiction as a disease demands for an interdisciplinary dialogue of professionals both from the judicial and the treatment sector. It also becomes clear that the problem of drug addiction cannot be solved simply by penal law. The role of criminal law will be discussed, while in the meantime practical and legislative recommendations for improvements will be given.


Drug addiction as a disease Decriminalization debate The role of criminal law Preconditions for successful treatment Recommendations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department for Corporate Criminal Law and Criminal JusticeJohannes Kepler University LinzLinzAustria

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