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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fordham & Stevens on Harm Reduction and Policing Retail Drug Markets

Ann Fordham and Alex Stevens (International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and University of Kent) have posted Applying Harm Reduction Principles to the Policing of Retail Drug Markets on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

The policing of drug markets is usually conceptualised primarily as a matter of law enforcement – drug dealers and people who use drugs are breaking the law, and the role of the police is to reduce such law breaking. However, the wider purpose of policing is to ensure the safety of the community by reducing harms to its members.

This report examines the interaction between law enforcement and harm reduction in the policing of retail level drug markets.

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