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Changes in Drugs Policy and Practice: Implications for the Black Community

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This chapter demonstrates that respective policy and practice approaches to drug demand and supply have continually adopted differing positions in relation to the black community. Whilst black people have continued to remain highly prominent in the legislative and law enforcement attack on drugs supply, they have in contrast remained relatively marginalized in the strategy towards drug treatment and drug prevention. The 1980s not only witnessed a marked increase in heroin use but also its spread in various parts of the country. The 1990s were a decade of drugs policy transitions with regard to illicit drug use, principally in the multi-agency ideals underpinning the contemporary approach to drug use. The Home Office (2002b) publication Tackling Crack: A National Plan marked the recognition of crack misuse at governmental level, even though the presence of crack misuse, often associated with the black community, was known since the late 1980s.

Keywords: Black Community; drug demand; Drugs Policy; Heroin; national Plan



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