Julian Buchanan on the popularisation of treatment and the war on drugs
Posted on 21-10-2010
Julian describes drug use within a political context and the difficulty of appeasing the general public. He describes drug users the ‘convenient enemy’.

Julian Buchanan

A/Prof Criminology, School of Social and Cultural Studies - Victoria University of Wellington

Location: Victoria University of Wellington NZ

Professor Julian Buchanan has worked in the drugs field for over 25 years. As a probation officer/drug specialist in Bootle, Merseyside in the early 1980s he pioneered a risk reduction approach and was a founder member of the South Sefton community drugs team - one of the largest multi-agency community drugs teams in the UK.…

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