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The New War on Drugs : How Biomedicine and Science Have Disguised the Value Conflict Over Harm Reduction

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dc.contributor.advisor McKeever, Matthew
dc.contributor.author Halperin-Goldstein, Gabriel
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-23T20:57:18Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-23T20:57:18Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/21641
dc.description.abstract While other countries such as Canada and Portugal have embraced safe injection facilities (SIFs), establishments that permit people to inject drugs under the supervision of medical personnel in order to prevent drug overdose-related mortalities, the United States has been resistant to this political change. This thesis examines how politicians and stakeholders use moral values and science to make claims pertaining to health policy, specifically focusing on the controversy over SIFs in Philadelphia. Political stakeholders frequently claim that the rise of scientific technology has removed moral value commitments from the political response to drug addiction, and that an appeal to scientific studies can help Philadelphia land on the best policy. However, I argue that the appeal to science disguises the true nature of the political controversy: a conflict of individualistic values versus values of social justice, the same value conflict that existed during the War on Drugs.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Sociology
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.subject.lcsh Science and state
dc.subject.lcsh Needle exchange programs -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
dc.subject.lcsh Drugs -- Law and legislation -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
dc.title The New War on Drugs : How Biomedicine and Science Have Disguised the Value Conflict Over Harm Reduction
dc.type Thesis
dc.rights.access Open Access


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