Konsten att straffa en knarkare

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By Fredrik Thorslund Ett halvsekel med den svenska narkotikastrafflagen 1968 – ett år efter det att Jimi Hendrix slagit igenom med gräsrökarhymnen “Purple Haze” och Beatles släppt den suggestiva psykrocksballaden “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” – träder den första svenska narkotikastrafflagen i kraft. Under 1960-talet har narkotikamissbruk för första…

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The Economics of Drugs Research

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By Lars Güttier Will we reach immortality before finding a vaccine for malaria? It may seem a slightly disturbing question, but the fact is that the medical research development over the course of the last two decades has made the question valid. Developments within the field of genetic engineering have…

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Has Consumerism Put Us All in a Fix?

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By Lucy Dodge Within today’s Western world, the multidimensional structures of the capitalist system continue to reign supreme. The thriving of such a system has provided fertile ground for consumer addiction to develop – a phenomenon which sees particular features of the capitalist framework enticing individuals as consumers, who then…

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Rehab in Cuba

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By Aida Zekić Never was I so aware of my vices until I spent two months in Cuba, the haven of supply shortages. Havana is probably one of the few capitals where it is nearly impossible to maintain any kind of addiction, unless it includes extensive rum drinking. If you…

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Ecstacy in the UK

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The demand for certain illegal drugs raises a relatively obvious question: why spend money on something that could kill you? The recent case of high-dose ecstasy pills in the UK can be used to answer this question. The UK example reveals that issues of culture and information are key to…

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