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dc.contributor.authorPrice, Traceyen_UK
dc.contributor.authorParkes, Tessaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMalloch, Margareten_UK
dc.description.abstractAmidst growing recognition that people who use drugs are often vulnerable and in need of health-focused support, international conventions and national priorities on personal drug use are changing with emphasis shifting from criminal justice to health narratives. In Scotland, there has been a move toward health-led drug policymaking, and yet little is known about how diversion operates in this context. An exploratory qualitative study was conducted utilizing semi-structured interviews with professionals holding lead, strategic-level roles in Scottish diversion policy and practice (n = 15). Interview transcripts were thematically analyzed using a structured framework technique. Findings show that the term ‘diversion’ is used to refer to criminal justice-initiated drug treatment routes, both pre- and post-conviction. Unlike many international examples, Scottish diversions tend to embed health-focused support within criminal sanctions, rather than acting as alternatives. Participants expressed the view that the term diversion implied a shift from criminal justice sanctions to health-led support that did not occur in reality. We, therefore, argue that the term diversion may function to mute a ‘discursive struggle’ between criminal justice sanctions and health interventions for people who use drugs, obscuring a growing gap between aspirational governance principles and institutional and lived realities.en_UK
dc.publisherInforma UK Limiteden_UK
dc.relationPrice T, Parkes T & Malloch M (2020) 'Discursive struggles' between criminal justice sanctions and health interventions for people who use drugs: a qualitative exploration of diversion policy and practice in Scotland. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.
dc.rights© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_UK
dc.subjectpublic healthen_UK
dc.subjectdevolved policyen_UK
dc.subjectdrug treatmenten_UK
dc.title'Discursive struggles' between criminal justice sanctions and health interventions for people who use drugs: a qualitative exploration of diversion policy and practice in Scotlanden_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleDrugs: Education, Prevention, and Policyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderEconomic and Social Research Councilen_UK
dc.description.notesOutput Status: Forthcoming/Available Onlineen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSociology, Social Policy & Criminologyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationFaculty of Social Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSociology, Social Policy & Criminologyen_UK
dc.subject.tagAddiction and Recoveryen_UK
dc.subject.tagDevolution and Political Parties in Scotlanden_UK
dc.subject.tagDrugs and Alcohol: British Policy and Legislationen_UK
dc.subject.tagPenal Policyen_UK
dc.subject.tagPolicy Analysisen_UK
dc.subject.tagSocial Policyen_UK
dc.subject.tagSalvation Army Centre for Addiction Services & Researchen_UK
dc.subject.tagDrugs Research Network Scotlanden_UK
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