The Swedish drug control system
An in-depth review and analysis
Author: Tim Boekhout van Solinge
ISBN 90 5330 211 5
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In recent years the Swedish drug control system has been much discussed
as a drug policy model. Their restrictive approach receives strong
support from the Swedish population and is often presented as an
effective answer to the drug problem. On the international political
scene Sweden proclaims the effectiveness of its drug policy and
has become one of the main opponents of drug policy reform - a development
that has been reinforced since Sweden joined the European Union
in 1995. In international drug policy debates, prohibitionists repeatedly
refer to the Swedish model as an example of how a restrictive drug
policy, combined with education and treatment, can be effective.
The Swedish Drug Control System is the first thorough analysis
of Swedish drug policy and critically examines the claims about
drug use and drug policy in Sweden. This book places Swedish drug
policy in historical context and shows that the 'Swedish model'
can only be understood in terms of the social conditions under which
this policy developed. It recounts the Swedish experience with intoxicants
such as alcohol and amphetamine, and it discusses the scientific
evidence on which the drug policy is based. It describes the Swedish
drug policy in practice and offers new understanding of the rise
in drug use Sweden is facing at the end of the 1990s.
Tim Boekhout van Solinge is a researcher at the Centre for Drug
Research (CEDRO) of the University of Amsterdam.