Drug users as stakeholders in drug policy

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Through the lens of critical drugs theory, which sees drug policy as an oppressive framework that seeks to de-legitimise and stigmatise behaviour that threatens dominant social, cultural and gender norms, this contribution focusses on drug policy participation and governance. It focusses on the different ways women and drug-using women engage with drug policy debates and policy development in the case study of Scotland, and the activism that has enabled their recognition as legitimate participants in the policy process. The contribution calls attention to the generic challenges of civil society engagement in drug policy design, monitoring and evaluation; the particular silencing and marginalisation of drug user’s voices in national and international drug policy processes; and the multiple impediments but also opportunities for women to create stakeholder spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Impact of Global Drug Policy on Women
Subtitle of host publicationShifting the Needle
EditorsJulia Buxton, Giavana Margo, Lona Burger
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781839828829, 9781839828843
ISBN (Print)9781839828850
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2020


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