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The political response to alcohol and drug advice in Australia: Comparing the response to two expert reports
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2010 (English)In: Contemporary Drug Problems, ISSN 0091-4509, Vol. 37, no 3, 525-535 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article examines the contents and policy response to two expertreports, one on drugs and one on alcohol, which were commissionedby the government of Victoria, Australia. The drug report was awide-ranging response to what was seen as a crisis, but its mainrecommendations were not adopted. The recommendations wereprimarily in a highly contested policy area, but the lack of actionmay also have reflected a dramatic reduction in heroin overdosedeaths shortly after the report appeared. The alcohol report wascommissioned in a narrow frame of loosening liquor licensingrestrictions to increase competition, defined as taking precedenceover public health and order considerations. Its recommendationswere quickly adopted, setting the stage for a political furor a decadelater over alcohol-fueled violence. The lessons from the decade ofexperience after the reports are considered.

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2010. Vol. 37, no 3, 525-535 p.
Keyword [en]
Alcohol policy, drug policy, competition policy, heroin overdose prevention, Victoria, Australia
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Social Work
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53383OAI: diva2:390621
Available from: 2011-01-22 Created: 2011-01-22 Last updated: 2011-04-12Bibliographically approved

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