alexa Abstract | Evidence-based Drug Crime Policy: Moving Beyond the Moral/Medical Dichotomy to a Multi-level Model of Addiction
ISSN: 2169-0170

Journal of Civil & Legal Sciences
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The moral and medical models, the dominant paradigms of drug addiction, disagree on the question of responsibility. The moral model views drug addiction as an autonomous person’s choice. The medical model views it as the behavior of a ‘hijacked’ brain. Amid efforts to decarcerate American prisons, the relative merits of these two models are being weighed. Which raises the question of whether policy-makers must be resigned to choosing one side of the moral/ medical dichotomy. In this commentary, the moral and medical models will be critically evaluated, and an alternative 3rd way, a multi-level model, suggested.

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Author(s): Stephen Koppel JD


Drug crime policy, Moral, Medical, Multi-level model, Addiction, Corporate Law, Criminal Law,Cyber Law, Law and the Humanities,Social and Cultural Rights, Human Rights Law, Intellectual Property Law, Judicial Activism, Common Law and Equity, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Rights, Conflict of Laws, Justice Studies, Law, International public law,Civil and Political Rights,Legal Rights

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