Research Article Precís

Working Title: Drug Use Control and Policy: An International Effort

Source 1:

Paoli, Letizia, et al. The World Heroin Market: Can Supply Be Cut?Oxford University Press, 2009.

The authors describe research that analyzes the world’s heroin market and studies it’s structure, development, participants and its socioeconomic impacts; arguing that there is little opportunity to weaken the market and back up that claim with empirical data.

The authors develop their claim by describing the development, composition, and behavior of the current world opiate market, continue to describe specific country studies, and finish off with an analysis of drug policies and their implications.

The purpose of the authors is to dissect the world heroin market and identify ways to change it so that widespread opiate use can be alleviated.

The intended audience for this work is professionals and scholars in the criminology field. The work adopts a formal tone.

Source 2:

Roman, Caterina Gouvis, et al. Illicit Drug Policies, Trafficking, and Use the World Over. Lexington Books, a Division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.

The authors analyze past and current policies concerning illicit drugs and suggest that drug is a growing international health threat.

They develop their claim by discussing and analyzing policies and drug use trends in the major countries of the world.

The authors aim to study different policies throughout the world to explain the severity of the far-reaching epidemic and identify the most effective policies in controlling drug use.

This article was written for a scholarly audience and carries a formal tone.

Source 3:

Ferguson, Robert W. Drug Abuse Control. Holbrook Press, 1975.

Ferguson analyzes drug abuse in its entirety and suggests that principles of drug abuse should be a catalyst for continued efforts and better understanding of drug problems by professionals.

The author develops his claim by analyzing drug abuse, how different drugs are controlled, how professionals handle it, and what prevention and control look like in foreign systems in order to reiterate the importance of alleviating widespread drug abuse.

The author aims to create a better understanding of drug abuse to analyze policies that have been put into place to control it.

Ferguson writes to reach everyone who is interested in drug abuse control, professionals and non-professionals alike.

Source 4:

Strang, John, et al. “Drug Policy and the Public Good: Evidence for Effective Interventions.” The Lancet, vol. 379, no. 9810, 2012, pp. 71–83., doi:10.1016/s0140-6736(11)61674-7.

The authors suggest that some policies can prevent or reduce the negative impacts of drug abuse on the public good and dissect some that aren’t empirically supported.

The claim is developed by outlining the policies and their targeted effects in comparison to their actual effects.

The authors’ apparent purpose is to identify which policies are effective and which aren’t.

The intended audience for this paper is a scholarly audience.

Source 5:

Marlatt, G. Alan. “Harm Reduction: Come as You Are.” Addictive Behaviors, vol. 21, no. 6, 1996, pp. 779–788., doi:10.1016/0306-4603(96)00042-1.

The author describes what a harm reduction policy is, how it develops, works, and why it is beginning to become a major approach in the addictive behaviors field.

The author develops his claims by offering a set of strategies that are designed to reduce the repercussions of addictive behavior for both drug users and their surrounding environment.

Marlatt’s purpose is to show how harm reduction has been applied to prevention and treatment of addiction problems.

The intended audience for this paper is professionals that are concerned with drug addiction and drug policy; the tone is formal and scholarly.


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