Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 June 2008

256 Pages | 6 Figures, 3 Tables, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719079023

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The Irish war on drugs

The seductive folly of prohibition

Paul O'Mahony

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Provides the first comprehensive, critical analysis of the drugs problem in Ireland over the last thirty years with a particular focus on the role of drugs in crime and the role of prohibition in generating drug-related harms Challenges the global dominance of prohibitionist ideology, which is seen as a faith-based and emotionally driven belief system Offers an original and insightful elaboration of the argument for recognition of a human right to use drugs Tackles often neglected but essential questions relating to the drugs problem, including whether drug use is inherently immoral, the complicity of ordinary users in the criminal underworld, the philosophical bankruptcy of contemporary harm reductionism and whether the ill-effects of prohibition are actually down to drug use itself or can in fact be eliminated or reduced by the abolition of prohibition

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