Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Polisen och narkotikaproblemet: från nationella aktioner mot narkotikaprofitörer till lokala insatser för att störa missbruket
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
1998 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The police and the drug problem : from national actions against drug profiteers towards locally based disturbances of drug abuse (English)
Abstract [en]

The subject of this study is the policing of the drug problem during the period between the nationalization of the police force in 1965 and the introduction of imprisonment as a penalty for drug consumption in 1993. The influence of four key factors are discussed: legislation, organization, the conception of and the attention paid to the drug problem. Qualitative and quantitative data from police archives, the prosecutor general, parliamentary publications, a public TV newsroom and various statistics from other sources are combined. The analysis shows four important stages in the process towards a substantially increased drug control:

  1. By the end of the 1960s, all data indicate increased attention to the drug problem. The penal law on narcotics was passed in 1968. It laid the foundation for subsequent policing activities. The police was also given increased possibilities to use telephone-tapping to combat serious crimes.
  2. By the end of the 1970s, the creation of a special narcotics police organization at the medium level of police hierarchy institutionalized, emphasized and assigned manpower to combat serious crimes.
  3. Since the beginning of the 1980s new target groups have been added. The "street dealer" is a new direct target. With the strengthening of the preventive role of the police new indirect target groups emerged: the police also emphasized their work against recruitment of new drug users.
  4. The main objective of the new penal law on narcotics of 1968 was to help drug addicts recover and merge back in society again. Addiction was seen as a disease. Drug dealing by the addicts was reprehensible but not a priority matter to the police. Over time, this attitude changed and in 1989 the police saw distinct actions against street dealers as the most important element in the repressive policy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International , 1998. , 212 p.
Stockholm studies in sociology, ISSN 0491-0885 ; N.S., 6
Keyword [en]
abuse, addiction, control, drugs, media, moral panic, narcotics, the penal law on narcotics, organization, police, policy, prosecutor general, repression, Sweden, street dealer, time-series, TV, telephone-tapping
National Category
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62836ISBN: 9122018166OAI: diva2:445156
Public defence
1998-11-27, 10:00
Available from: 2011-10-03 Created: 2011-10-03 Last updated: 2012-12-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

By organisation
Department of Sociology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle ScholarTotal: 176 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 193 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link