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Perspectives on Drug Policy

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'This seminar will explore the challenge of creating effective community responses to the problems of substance abuse, with a special focus on substance abuse in urban poverty areas. Readings will be drawn from the literature of history, psychology, urban ethnography, public health and law. The course will first place drug policy decisions in an historical and empirical framework. After considering special topics related to this framework - racial issues in anti-drug law enforcement, the challenges of creating partnerships among public sector agencies and the community, emerging concepts of addiction, the social demographics of drug use in diverse community contexts - this course will focus on the process of local strategy development, implementation and success measurement. Finally, the course will consider the issues raised in the integration of local and national strategies.'