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Looking at the Un, Smelling a Rat: A Comment on ‘Sweden’s Succesfull Drugs Policy: A Review of the Evidence’

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Peter Cohen

University of Amsterdam (UvA), NL
About Peter
Peter Cohen, PhD (1942) finished his studies in social psychology and sociology at the UvA in 1989 with a dissertation “Drugs as a social construct”. Since 1974 he worked at UvA as an associate professor studying theories on the origin and definition of ‘the individual’, and the history of social problems. He retired in 2007, as Director of the Centre for Drug Research at the UvA (CEDRO) For access to some of his CEDRO publications see http://www.cedrouva.org/lib/index.html
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This article argues that one of the foundational bases of modern drug policy - the co-variation between drug policy and number of drug users, the variety of drug use patterns and the severity of drug-related problems - is assumed without any evidence. A UN report about the drug control system in Sweden is used to illustrate this point.

How to Cite: Cohen, P., 2010. Looking at the Un, Smelling a Rat: A Comment on ‘Sweden’s Succesfull Drugs Policy: A Review of the Evidence’. Amsterdam Law Forum, 2(4), pp.75–84. DOI: http://doi.org/10.37974/ALF.150
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Published on 26 Oct 2010.

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