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Critical reflections on quality standards within drug demand reduction

Niels Graf (Institute for Addiction Research, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Heino Stöver (Institute for Addiction Research, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 18 June 2019

Issue publication date: 8 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to critically reflect on the usefulness of quality standards aimed at prevention interventions for drug using young offenders.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses critical literature on quality standards, readings of quality standards and qualitative interviews as well as focus-group discussions with professionals working in services targeting drug use among young offenders.

Findings

The findings show discrepancies between the idea that quality standards provide a tool for supporting the implementation of more effective interventions and professionals’ experiences with quality standards as almost absent in their work.

Originality/value

This viewpoint highlights barriers to the implementation of quality standards that have to be overcome if quality standards are to be adopted and implemented in practice.

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Citation

Graf, N. and Stöver, H. (2019), "Critical reflections on quality standards within drug demand reduction", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 182-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/DAT-12-2018-0070

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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