The use and abuse of legal and illegal drugs takes many different forms. How drug abuse is viewed, understood, and responded to in a particular society at a given point in time also varies considerably. Substance abuse not only affects an individual’s health, but also impacts on families, friends, and communities, as well as health services (notably mental health) crime rates, and the criminal justice system. The social context of drug use and abuse, contested notions of what constitutes licit and illicit drugs, how drug use is sanctioned, regulated, and promoted, and the criminal and corporate interests involved in drug production are all issues for which sociology can provide important insights. In particular, a sociological imagination helps us to understand the complexity of individual choice and the societal structures that underpin risk-taking behaviour and risk-imposing environments.
|Title of host publication||Second opinion|
|Subtitle of host publication||An introduction to health sociology|
|Place of Publication||South Melbourne, Victoria|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
Freij, M., & Germov, J. (2019). Drug use and abuse in Australia: Social origins, impacts and responses. In J. Germov (Ed.), Second opinion: An introduction to health sociology (6th ed., pp. 345-366). Oxford University Press, USA.