publication . Article . 2008

Problem Drug Use, Marijuana, and European Projects: How Epidemiology Helped Czech Policy Reformers

Jan Morávek;
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  • Published: 01 Dec 2008 Journal: Central European Journal of Public Policy (issn: 1802-4866, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Sciendo
I examine the transfer of the Problem Drug Use (PDU) concept into Czech scientific discourse through European institutions’ projects, and view PDU’s utilization by Czech researchers in relation to marijuana decriminalization efforts.PDU is defined as intravenous and/or long-term and regular use of opiates, cocaine, or amphetamines. Out of a vast array of illicit drug use patterns, this concept isolates a relatively small population with the riskiest use patterns to become the focus of public policies. A series of European Union and Council of Europe projects in 1990’s helped bring PDU into European research mainstream. The new common standard, promoted by the Eu...
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