Drug use and abuse in Australia: Social origins, impacts and responses

Maria Freij, John Germov

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSecond opinion
    Subtitle of host publicationAn introduction to health sociology
    EditorsJohn Germov
    Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne, Victoria
    PublisherOxford University Press, USA
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9780190306496
    ISBN (Print)9780190306489
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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