22 October 2012

Middleton Hall, Hull Campus, 18.00

Crime, Life, Death and Recovery: 25 years of research on heroin injectors

Event presented by Professor Richard Hammersley, Professor of Health Psychology.

There is great concern about drug problems and drug injecting, but interventions to prevent and treat them are not as successful as they could be. The most common explanation of addiction is that it is something like a brain disease so that when people take certain drugs like heroin they cannot help but become addicted. Research on drug problems has found that the reality is more complex and involves a mixture of psychological and social factors. This lecture will draw upon 25 years of research to explore the following questions: Why is heroin use linked to crime? Why do people take drugs? Why do most drug users not become addicted? Why do people overdose? What patterns of drug dependence are there? What can be done to help recovery? What options are there for changing drug laws?

Richard Hammersley is Professor of Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology. He has been researching drug use and drug problems since 1986 in work that crosses boundaries between psychology, sociology and health. His publications include books on drugs policy, drugs and crime, ecstasy, and cocaine, and a number of major reports for the Home Office, the Scottish Office and the Youth Justice Board. His many papers include work on how young people grow out of crime and grow into drug use, on drug overdoses in Scotland, on cannabis and on ‘legal’ highs. He has just completed a large study collecting the life stories of people who have injected drugs, to improve understanding of their pathways into and out of drug injecting and identify the strengths that they bring to recovery.

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Karen Slater
T. 01482 466326


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