Sinning & Sinned Against: The Stigmatisation Of Problem Drug Users

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August 1, 2010
Charlie Lloyd
The UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC)

This report aims to summarise what the research evidence has to tell us about the stigmatisation of problem drug users; to explore the nature of this stigmatisation, its impacts and why it happens. These considerations raise some fundamental issues about the nature of addiction and the extent to which it is seen as a moral, medical or social issue. They also raise important questions about autonomy and the blame attached to addiction.

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