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By Axel Klein, Marcus Day, Anthony Harriott

Within the Caribbean islands, ganja, crack cocaine and the coverage responses to them have caused a social catastrophe. The islands, below US strain, have followed a region-wide coverage of criminalization. really expert drug courts were created and standard cultural practices round ganja intake were criminalized with critical human and social results. this is often the 1st publication to ascertain the reports of Caribbean international locations given that they followed this coordinated method of the medication challenge. It throws attention-grabbing mild at the problems dealing with drug abuse and rehabilitation facilities, and explores "Harm Reduction", a essentially substitute method of the medicine challenge. There are useful sensible and coverage classes to be discovered for different nations, together with people with huge Caribbean populations resembling the united states and united kingdom.

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Crack cocaine, by contrast, evokes fear, disgust and contempt. There has been a seamless transition in the rhetoric of substance misuse control from cannabis to crack. The referent is different, the idiom the same. Regional responses During the 1980s, then, Caribbean countries were facing multiple drugrelated threats: the fallout in medical terms from a rising ‘epidemic’ of ever cheaper crack cocaine; the security threat posed by organized crime and traffickers; and sharp reprisals for failing to take action by the biggest trade partner.

Master plan is being formulated IDER in 6 communities HFLE EAP Belize National Drug Abuse Council (NDACC), 1988 200,000 (2000) National AntiDrugs Strategy 1999–2004. Approved in 2000 IDER in 6 districts HFLE Guyana National Anti-Narcotic Commission (NANCOM), 1997 National Coordinating Council for Drug Education and Rehabilitation (NACDER), 1992 Jamaica National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA), 1983 St Vincent National Drugs Council, Formed 1998 – dormant Trinidad and Tobago National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Programme (NADAPP), 1988 2.

There is a danger, then, of national and regional agencies becoming locked into a drug strategy that is based upon a false and ideologically driven analysis of the drug problem, and motivated by particular interests. Indeed, such observations could be made about any part of public policy, all of which is subject to the push and pull of public pressure, changing paradigms and new needs. The difficulty with drugs is that it is such a cross-cutting issue, with tentacles reaching into every aspect of government.

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