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Opiate users' views on decriminalisation of drug use

  • A. G. Ahmed (a1) and Emad Salib (a2)
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In this study we explored the views of 245 opiate users attending a regional drug dependency unit about decriminalisation of drug use and their perception of the consequences of free availability on themselves and society. Contrary to expectation, opiate dependent individuals were not in support of decriminalisation but favoured controlled availability.

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Dr E. Salib, 16 Carriage Drive, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 6DX
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BJPsych Bulletin
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Opiate users' views on decriminalisation of drug use

  • A. G. Ahmed (a1) and Emad Salib (a2)
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