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Drug use context

Ivan Popov


When we look at the context in which drug use is taking place, the focus is shifted from nature, the type of substance itself to the way the substance is used - that is, From `what do people do and cause people` to `what people do with drugs` (Hugh-Jones, 1995). The concept of the ‘context of drug use` covers the reasons people put forward for the use of psychoactive substances as well as the functional importance of drug use at individual, social and cultural levels.

Following this model and based on the cultural and historical review of the use of psychoactive substances, Durrant and Thakker distinguish six different drug use contexts.


drug use; context; drug abuse; cultural context; patterns of drug use; model of drug use

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