Effective drug policy: A new approach demonstrated in the Drug Policy Modelling Program

Ritter, Alison, Bammer, Gabriele, Hamilton, Margaret and Mazerolle, Lorraine (2007) Effective drug policy: A new approach demonstrated in the Drug Policy Modelling Program. Drug and Alcohol Review, 26 3: 265-271. doi:10.1080/09595230701247665

Author Ritter, Alison
Bammer, Gabriele
Hamilton, Margaret
Mazerolle, Lorraine
Title Effective drug policy: A new approach demonstrated in the Drug Policy Modelling Program
Journal name Drug and Alcohol Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-5236
Publication date 2007-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09595230701247665
Volume 26
Issue 3
Start page 265
End page 271
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this paper is to describe a new comprehensive approach to studying illicit drug policy - one that integrates evidence, disciplinary approaches, drug use behaviours and policy making processes. The methods described here include systematic reviews of the evidence, studies of the ways in which policy decision-making actually occurs, and the use of modelling approaches that can explicate the multi-dimensional nature of drug policy responses and their dynamic interactions. The approach described has the potential to facilitate new drug policy that would not have been possible or apparent through the sole study of one aspect of drug policy, such as the evidence-base or the political context or the economics of drug markets. We believe this approach may be more likely to produce strategic drug policy because it reflects the richness and complexity of the real world of drug use, and drug policy. The purpose of employing an integrative methodology is to create the potential for new drug policy insights, ideas and interventions - not restricted to one body of evidence, nor to accidental or fortuitous policy-making processes. © Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Keyword Drug policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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