Treatment versus Punishment for Drug Addiction

Lessons from Austria, Poland, and Spain

  • Richard Soyer
  • Stefan Schumann

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. On Drug Laws and Medical Treatment of Drug-Addicted Offenders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stefan Schumann, Birgit Köchl
      Pages 3-14
    3. Krzysztof Krajewski, Grzegorz Wodowski
      Pages 15-24
    4. Marta Torrens, Victor Javier Costela Ruiz
      Pages 25-35
  3. Drug Laws and Its Application in Practice: Experiences and Attitudes of Public Prosecutors/Judges and Treatment Providers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Birgit Köchl, Edyta Drzazga, Paola Rossi
      Pages 65-86
  4. Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations for Drug Policy and the Application of Drug Laws

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 99-100

About this book


​​This brief summarizes the results of a two-year, international research project covering drug addiction treatment versus punishment in Austria, Poland, and Spain. It features:

-An analysis of the national drug-related legislation and its application in these countries

- An evaluation of drug laws and policies by both the law enforcement and drug treatment practitioners

-An evaluation of drug-addicted offenders undergoing drug treatment versus punishment and their outcomes

The basic findings of the project can be summarized as follows: drug addiction and drug-related criminal behavior should be treated as a psychiatric disorder and a chronic disease. The study supports the application of a treatment-oriented approach to drug-related delinquency. As this brief demonstrates, one challenge to an adequate treatment of drug addicted offenders is a lack of cooperation between the judicial and the medical sector, and an inconsistent application of policies. By comparing the legislation and application of drug laws in these three European countries, the authors provide insights with implications for other national legal systems.  

This brief will be of interest to researchers and policy-makers working with drug involved individuals, from criminology and criminal justice, public health, public policy and international comparative law. 


Alternative Sentencing Comparative Drug Laws Drug Addiction Treatment Drug-related Crimes Opioid Drug Use and Addiction Quasi-compulsory Treatment (QCT)

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard Soyer
    • 1
  • Stefan Schumann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department for Corporate Criminal Law and Criminal JusticeJohannes Kepler University of LinzLinzAustria
  2. 2.Department for Corporate Criminal Law and Criminal JusticeJohannes Kepler University of LinzLinzAustria

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