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The narrative of evaluations: medically supervised injecting centers

Zajdow, Grazyna 2006, The narrative of evaluations: medically supervised injecting centers, Contemporary drug problems, vol. 33, no. 3, Fall, pp. 399-426.

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Title The narrative of evaluations: medically supervised injecting centers
Author(s) Zajdow, GrazynaORCID iD for Zajdow, Grazyna orcid.org/0000-0001-5329-0388
Journal name Contemporary drug problems
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Season Fall
Start page 399
End page 426
Publisher Federal Legal Publications, Inc.
Place of publication United States
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0091-4509
Summary Medically supervised injecting centers, or drug consumption rooms are officially sanctioned places where people can inject or smoke illegal drugs in hygienic conditions and under supervision. Their ostensible purposes are to protect the health of drug users and contain the nuisance potential of open drug markets. This article argues that the debates and arguments supporting the establishment and existence of medically supervised injecting centers follow four interweaving narratives. These narratives can be characterized as (1) Caring and humanitarian (2) Elimination of public nuisance (3) Governance of the drug-using subject (4) Neo-liberal, utilitarian, and bureaucratic. These narratives alternatively combine and oppose each other. This means that the analysis of the benefits and problems with such initiatives depends on the perspective of the actors involved and the claims made for their effectiveness.
Notes This material may not be reproduced in any form for commercial use without obtaining permission from Federal Legal Publications, Inc.
Language eng
Field of Research 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Federal Legal Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004036

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