European drug policies in context
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European drug policies in context book
For much of human history psychoactive substances were geographically confined products, the use of which was restricted by limited availability and both formal and informal regulation. The negotiation of the 1912 Hague Opium Convention - the first treaty which set the trajectory of a century of drug control efforts - showed the lack of enthusiasm of European powers for an American drug control initiative which could endanger their economic interests. The 1980s saw the development of transnational political interest in the drug issue in the European public sphere as demonstrated by a variety of resolutions and reports of the European Parliament. This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts covered in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book analyses the social and institutional conditions of drug policy reform in Europe from a variety of perspectives. It provides a transnational perspective as well as national case studies and offers a broad-stroke comparative analysis of European trends.