Heroin Century; Heroin Addiction Care and Control: The British System 1916-1984BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7385.400 (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:400
- Wayne Hall (W.Hall@imb.uq.edu.au), professorial fellow and director
- Office of Public Policy and Ethics, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Australia
Tom Carnwath, Ian Smith
Routledge, £14.99, pp 224
ISBN 0 415 27899 6
Heroin Addiction Care and Control: The British System 1916-1984
H B Spear, ed Joy Mott
DrugScope, £35, pp 362
ISBN 1 904319 04 1
These two books on heroin policy address two different audiences: the general public and drug policy buffs.
Carnwarth and Smith have aimed to write a “factual and easy to read” book that will improve public debate by reducing the exaggerated anxieties about heroin that have been created by the tabloid media. The book is certainly easier to read than many scholarly books on heroin but the authors make some dubious claims. They predict that rising heroin use will change attitudes, making it “quite likely” that heroin will be “decriminalised or legalised in the …
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