Learning from the Swedes

The development of Swedish narcotic drug control has been an interesting example for all the World. Jonas Hartelius, drug expert and assistant to the late Professor Nils Bejerot, has written a book about the Swedish post-war experience, now available at the World Forum.

“Directly after the Second World War, the first epidemic of intravenous amphetamine abuse (misuse) in Europe originated in Sweden. The epidemic has lasted for more than 60 years. During this time, the actual narcotic drug control regime has gone through significant changes. The Swedish experience has become interesting as an example for other countries. After having made mistakes with e.g. legal prescription of narcotic drugs to chronic abusers and administrative decriminalization, Swedish narcotic drug control has gradually become more comprehensive and restrictive. A number of people involved have documented the turns of events, evaluated the results, gathered considerable experience, and kept on working with fresh approaches. Many people have accumulated considerable knowledge about how to prevent, discover, and stop abuse of narcotic drugs.

In my book Narcotic Drug Control Policy in Sweden – The Post-war Experience, I have summarized the main features of the development and the debate on narcotic drugs during the post-war period.

Independent debate outside the establishment and the mobilizing of public opinion against drugs have been of crucial importance

Scientific adviser to the Swedish Carnegie InstituteJonas Hartelius: Narcotic Drug Control Policy in Sweden – The Post-war Experience, FRI Publishing House, Stockholm, 2008. Foreword by Dr. Robert L. Dupont, M.D.

The book will be made available to the participants at the World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm 8 – 10 September.

Tema: WFAD

World Forum…

… Against Drugs. Första konferensen hölls i 2008 i Stockholm. Därpå tre till i Stockholm ( 2010, 2012 och i maj 2014 tillsammans med ECAD:s borgmästarkonferens). Det femte hölls 12-13 mars i Wien, i samband med FN:s 59:e CND-möte, inför Ungass.

• World Federation Against Drugs , WFAD, som ordnare konferenserna har nära 170 medlemsorganisationer från alla kontinenter.

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