Druglink article 1994 – AIDS and drug policy: Revolution or revision by Virginia Berridge

The growth of concern over drug-related HIV spread in the mid-80s served to lend political acceptability to and extend pre-existing policy trends towards harm reduction approaches and away from seeing addiction as a medical disease. Paradoxically this public health concern has brought medical services back towards the centre of Britain’s response to drug problems. The coalescence of penal and medical approaches has revived the policy characteristics of previous eras.

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