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The construction of maintenance treatment legitimacy: A discourse analysis of a policy shift
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Addiction Research Group)
2009 (English)In: Evidence & Policy, ISSN 1744-2648, Vol. 5, no 3, 247-265 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Opiate addict maintenance treatment (MT) has been controversial in Sweden. In 2004, however, a public authority conducted a review of MT research that paved the way for a relatively less restrictive policy. The present study examines how scientific evidence was constructed in the preparation of this policy shift. Written commentaries (by authorities, organisations etc) on a preliminary version of the review were analysed by use of discourse theory. The results suggest that the final review contains elements of three competing discourses and elucidate how a particular MT regime was made to appear objectively as the only viable solution for dealing with opiate addicts.

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Bristol, UK: The Policy Press , 2009. Vol. 5, no 3, 247-265 p.
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31767DOI: 10.1332/174426409X463794OAI: diva2:278493
Available from: 2009-11-26 Created: 2009-11-26 Last updated: 2012-03-09Bibliographically approved

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