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The Dutch approach to services for drug misusers

  • Philip M. Fleming (a1)
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The Dutch have a tradition of tolerance and pragmatism in the fields of social policy, and nowhere is this better illustrated than in their policy and practice in the field of drug misuse. Indeed often exaggerated accounts of Dutch ‘liberalism’ are promulgated, and articles in the press have suggested a backlash is now occurring in Holland to these ‘progressive’ policies (Williams, 1989). The award of a Council of Europe Fellowship gave me the opportunity to spend two weeks in the Netherlands in October 1989, visiting drug services and talking to a wide range of people with responsibilities for such services. I was particularly interested to see how the Dutch were responding to the challenges of HIV infection in drug users (Fleming, 1989).

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Buning, E. C. (1989) The role of harm reduction in managing the HIV problem among IV drug users. Paper given at the Spring Quarterly meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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Fleming, P. M. (1989) Study Tour of the Netherlands to Visit Services for Drug Misusers. Unpublished report to the Council of Europe Pompidou Group. Available from the author by request.
Ministry of Welfare, Health and Cultural Affairs (1989) Drug Policy: Fact Sheet on the Netherlands. Available from the Ministry at: Sir W. Churchillaan 368, Post-bus 5406, 2280 HK Rijswijk, The Netherlands.
Williams, D. (1989) Junkies, get out now! Article in Daily Mail, 28 September.
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The Dutch approach to services for drug misusers

  • Philip M. Fleming (a1)
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