Applying Harm Reduction Principles to the Policing of Retail Drug Markets

15 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2013  

Ann Fordham

International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)

Alex Stevens

University of Kent, Canterbury

Date Written: March 7, 2013

Abstract

The policing of drug markets is usually conceptualised primarily as a matter of law enforcement – drug dealers and people who use drugs are breaking the law, and the role of the police is to reduce such law breaking. However, the wider purpose of policing is to ensure the safety of the community by reducing harms to its members.

This report examines the interaction between law enforcement and harm reduction in the policing of retail level drug markets.

Keywords: harm reduction, drug markets, law enforcement

Suggested Citation

Fordham, Ann and Stevens, Alex, Applying Harm Reduction Principles to the Policing of Retail Drug Markets (March 7, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2290797 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2290797

Ann Fordham

International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) ( email )

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Alex Stevens (Contact Author)

University of Kent, Canterbury

School of Politics and International Relations
Rutherford College
Canterbury, CT2 7NX

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