What was the deal with mephedrone?

Willson, Kevin M. (2011) What was the deal with mephedrone? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation will examine the decision to classify mephedrone in 2010 and the evidential basis on which the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs determined that mephedrone presented a social problem as required by its terms of reference. It will use a mixed methods approach to examine the case for the decision being largely influenced by media and public pressure and determine the effect of classification nearly one year on using the Isle of Man as a case study. The research involved interviewing service providers and an examination of data provided by the Isle of Man Constabulary, a community based service provider and other secondary data for validation purposes.

    The results suggest that whilst strong evidence exists to support the UK decision as being media led the position on the Island was slightly different although in both cases if the terms of reference are to be met then future decisions over drug classification must move toward a proactive rather than reactive basis to prevent social problems from occurring rather than waiting for the social problem to develop to provide sufficient evidence on which to act.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 13:03
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:50
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/5677

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