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Living the high life. The role of drug taking in young people's lives

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Karenza MooreORCiD


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The vast majority of young drug users see substance use as a positive experience. Why else would they continue to take them? Most research on the other hand pathologises drug use by looking solely at the negative consequences, contributing to the misunderstanding that young people are increasingly self-indulgent and, in a meaningless world, hell-bent on self-destruction. In this refreshing new article Karenza Moore and Steven Miles try to understand the social roles of drug use in the everchanging lives of young people and come up with an alternative view. Rather than seeing drugs as a destructive force, Moore and Miles portray drug-taking as a stabilising factor in the volatile world of growing up. © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Publication metadata

Author(s): Moore K, Miller S

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Drugs and Alcohol Today

Year: 2005

Volume: 5

Issue: 2

Pages: 29-32

Print publication date: 01/08/2005

ISSN (print): 1745-9265

ISSN (electronic): 2042-8359


DOI: 10.1108/17459265200500026