Cover Drugs and drug-addiction
series "Farsi un'idea"
pp. 132, Brossura, 978-88-15-07196-5
publication year 1999


Drugs and drug-addiction

Over the centuries, drugs have played a role in many people's everyday life, they have become part of many cultures in a controlled and, therefore, socially accepted way. Today, on the other hand, this balance has been lost. The explosion of the mass-market, supplied by large criminal organisations, has amplified its spread, turning drug use into a problem for individuals and for the community. But how extensive is this phenomenon? And who are the drug-addicts? Today, the spread of drugs is serious enough to require therapeutic intervention and integrated legislation, which aims to overcome the contrast between prohibitionists and anti-prohibitionists. In addition, the action of rehabilitation centres and communities must take into account different realities - from the new synthetic drugs to cocaine, from addiction to simple use -, in order to be successful, and to stimulate the drug-addict to recover his/her strength to come back to life.

Simonetta Piccone Stella teaches Sociology at "La Sapienza" University in Rome.

1. La storia: l'atteggiamento sociale verso la droga
2. Il consumo delle droghe in Italia: anni '60-anni '90
3. Chi sono i tossicodipendenti?
4. Tipi di sostanze, tipi di effetti
5. Come si diventa tossicodipendenti
6. Il diritto di farsi male e i suoi costi
7. Come si cura la tossicodipendenza
8. Le questioni controverse
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