UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DRUG CONTROL PROGRAMME
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DRUG CONTROL PROGRAMME
Volume XLVI, No. 1, 1994
The family and drug abuse
Now York, 1994
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Treatment, rehabilitation and social reintegration of drug- dependent persons (vol. 40, No. 1)
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Emerging directions and trends in drug abuse control (vol. 42, No. 1)
Involvement of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in matters of drug abuse control (vol. 43, No. 1)
The role of law enforcement agencies in drug abuse control (vol. 44, No. 1)
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Policy issues relating to drug abuse and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (vol. 45, No. 1)
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Editorial note 1
The dynamic interaction between family and substance dependence: an international perspective by L-N. Hsu 3
Perinatal morbidity and mortality in substance using families: effects and intervention strategies by L. P. Finnegan 19
The family in Thailand and drug demand reduction: problems of urban Thai society in transition by S. Spielmann 45
Culture, drug abuse and some reflections on the family by M. Charles, E. J. Masihi, H. Y. Siddiqui,
S. V. Jogarao, H. DLima, U. Mehta and G. Britto 67
The family and substance abuse in the United Republic of
Tanzania by G. P. Kilonzo and S. F. Kaaya 87
The present issue of the Bulletin on Narcotics is devoted to the theme of drug abuse and the family. It is a contribution of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) to the International Year of the Family, observed in 1994.
There has been an alarming increase in the number of substance abusers in both drug-crop-producing and non-producing countries. The family can have either a positive or a negative influence on an individual's decision and choice with regard to psychoactive substance abuse. The family can be the first line of defence in preventing substance abuse among its members. It is usually the first to suffer from both the acute and the long-term consequences of substance-abusing members. One of the most prevalent negative consequences of drug abuse, in addition to the damage done to health, is the breakdown of the family. Strengthening the coping skills of the family could enhance its ability to prevent the harmful consequences of drug abuse.
The articles in the present special issue have been contributed by experts from Africa, the Americas and Asia. The first article provides an analysis of the psychosocial and economic issues related to drug abuse and the family, including research from countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, central Asia and Europe. The second article analyses the physiological and social issues related to the perinatal period and drug abuse, on the basis of research done in the Americas. The third article deals with the relationship between drug abuse among youth and the state of the family in Thailand, analysing the influence of rapidly changing social and economic conditions on that relationship. The fourth article presents the anthropological perspective of the role of drug use among adults in several different minority groups in India. The final article analyses the situation of drug use in Africa and the role of the elders.01
* Year in which the number of issues published was reduced because of financial constraints.