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    The dialectics of heroin and methadone in Ireland

    Saris, A. Jamie (2022) The dialectics of heroin and methadone in Ireland. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 39 (2). pp. 131-137. ISSN 0790-9667

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    In this paper, I reflect on two of my intertwined research interests. The first is my professional engagement with researching drug use and abuse in Ireland, especially heroin addiction, in applied ethnographic projects, generally answering a specific set of questions on how services for ‘drug addiction’ work. My second interest is the historical construction of ‘addiction’ and the discursive intersections that produce various kinds of power, subjects, and techniques around this concept. I find the dialectical relationship between heroin and methadone in Ireland, especially the emergence of heroin ‘injecting rooms’, as a window into how drugs are social things. Drugs and the bodies who take them live in complex moral worlds; not as inert objects surrounded by abstract human creations. These worlds are an integral part of how ‘addiction’ works and how drugs treating addiction are actually used. Without a deeper understanding of such complexities, we will continue to miss key issues in the lives of people we hope to help.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Saris, A. (2022). The dialectics of heroin and methadone in Ireland. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 39(2), 131-137. doi:10.1017/ipm.2021.52 Copyright: Open access
    Keywords: Heroin; Methadone; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 16662
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    Depositing User: Dr. A. Jamie Saris
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2022 09:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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