Weston, SK (2016) The everyday work of the drug treatment practitioner: the influence and constraints of a risk-based agenda. Critical Social Policy, 36 (4). pp. 511-530. ISSN 1461-703X

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Crime reduction is a key objective in drug treatment policy and practice, and the criminal justice system (CJS) is a key player in the delivery of treatment, particularly its potential to provide a pathway into drug treatment. Despite cultural, ideological and philosophical differences, criminal justice and health sector workers are expected to work together alongside other agencies to address dependent drug use and associated harms. Through an analysis of in-depth interviews with drug treatment practitioners this article critically examines a number of assumptions underpinning this policy imperative. The author illustrates how the goals and everyday activities of drug workers have become aligned to the CJS, helping to create closer working relationships between these two agencies. However, also argued is how such changes may have helped to constrain drug workers’ relationships with other health and social care agencies, making it difficult to address the complex needs presented by dependent drug users.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print in Critical Social Policy, © The Author, Sage Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords: crime reduction, drug policy, drug treatment, multi-agency working, risk, risk management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2016 09:50
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2019 13:55
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/1417

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