An avoidable crisis

Catriona Matheson, Roy Robertson

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Abstract / Description of output

In Scotland drug policy and consequently the progress of evidence-based treatment options has been struggling for many years. Political inaction is brought about by a complex chain of legal and operational obstructions with local authorities deferring to national Government which in turn is paralysed by international convention. Scotland represents a case study demonstrating the adverse consequences of management by non medical requirements rather than implementation of a clinically proven progressive policy. The difficulty of translating theory and evidence into practice is acknowledged but suggestions are made for pragmatic and humanitarian initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Article number98
Number of pages6
JournalHarm reduction journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • drug policy
  • political control
  • overdose prevention
  • benzodiazepine
  • research


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