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Description - Caribbean Drugs by Axel Klein

In the Caribbean islands, ganja, crack cocaine and the policy responses to them have triggered a social disaster. The islands, under US pressure, have adopted a region-wide policy of criminalization. Specialized drug courts have been created and traditional cultural practices around ganja consumption have been criminalized with serious human and social consequences. This is the first book to examine the experiences of Caribbean countries since they adopted this coordinated approach to the drugs problem. It throws fascinating light on the difficulties facing drug abuse and rehabilitation centres, and explores 'Harm Reduction', a fundamentally alternative approach to the drugs problem. There are valuable practical and policy lessons to be learned for other countries, including those with large Caribbean populations such as the US and UK.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842774991
ISBN-10: 1842774999
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Imprint: Zed Books Ltd
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Axel Klein

Dr Axel Klein is head of research at DrugScope, an information and advice-giving charity with which the book is associated. He is a fellow at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, and the coeditor of Fragile Peace: State Failure, Violence and Development (Zed Books, 2002). Marcus Day is coordinator of the Caribbean Harm Reduction Coalition, Saint Lucia. Dr Anthony Harriott is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Most of the contributors are from the Caribbean.