Caribbean Drugs: From Criminalization to Harm Reduction

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'Policy makers in many parts of the world are interested in the role of Caribbean countries in the production and trans-shipment of illicit drugs. However, the self-interest of developed countries has not been matched by an analysis of drug use and problems in the Caribbean itself. This very welcome book provides a unique insight into smaller countries' attempts to shape their policy and response to drugs in the context of national, regional and international imperatives.' - Professor Gerry Stimson, Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, Imperial College, London

'About a century ago a few colonial countries plus the USA designed a system of prohibiting drugs that now can be considered a major problem for human rights and state sovereignty. This book's useful analysis of the unintended consequences in the Caribbean transit zone of prohibition as drug 'control' may help bring about a much needed review of the system.' - Professor Peter Cohen, Centre for Drug Research, University of Amsterdam

'A refreshing look at how the criminalization of ganja has driven a wedge between society and the state in the Caribbean, and how the prosecution of possession fills up the gaols while the differential application of the law allows traffickers to go free. The book is realistic in acknowledging the irresistible pressure from North America and Europe to stop the trafficking through these countries but cogently makes the point that this should not drive domestic policy into more and more punitive responses.' - Cindy Fazey, Professor of International Relations, University of Liverpool

'This book fills a major gap, providing substance abuse researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and general readers on both sides of the Atlantic with a collection of interesting and provocative essays. I highly recommend it.' - James A. Inciardi, Director, Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies, University of Delaware

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About the Author:

Axel Klein is head of research at DrugScope, an information and advice-giving charity with which the book is associated. He is a fellow at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, and the coeditor of Fragile Peace (Zed Books, 2002).

Marcus Day is coordinator of the Caribbean Harm Reduction Coalition, Saint Lucia.

Anthony Harriott is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

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"Caribbean Drugs: From Criminalization to Harm Reduction provides substance abuse researchers, clinicians, policy makers, and general readers on both sides of the Atlantic with a collection of interesting and provocative essays. Because the Caribbean Basin is an understudied part of the hemisphere, particularly with regard to the 'drug problem,' this book fills a major gap. In that the topics it covers include history, philosophy, cultural studies, and politics, all woven into a public policy debate, it has something for everyone. I highly recommend it."--James A. Inciardi, University of Delaware
"This much-welcomed book provides a unique insight...into smaller countries' attempts to shape and mould their policy and response to drugs in the context of national, regional and international imperatives."--Gerry Stimson, Imperial College, London
"About a hundred years ago a few colonial countries plus the USA designed a system of prohibiting drugs that now can be considered to be a major problem for human rights and state sovereignty. The developing countries of the Caribbean act like a transit area between poor producing and rich consuming countries, creating a modern Al Capone's paradise. Klein helps analyze the situation from many angles. He presents a score of useful interpretations and figures that may speed up a thorough overhaul of this obsolete system of drug prohibition."--Peter Cohen, University of Amsterdam
"A refreshing look at the impact that drug policies have had on 'the problem' of drug use of the English speaking countries of the Caribbean."--Cindy Fazey, University of Liverpool

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