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The construction of maintenance treatment legitimacy: a discourse analysis of a policy shift

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Opiate addict maintenance treatment (MT) has been controversial in Sweden. In 2004, however, a public authority conducted a review of MT research that paved the way for a relatively less restrictive policy. The present study examines how scientific evidence was constructed in the preparation of this policy shift. Written commentaries (by authorities, organisations etc) on a preliminary version of the review were analysed by use of discourse theory. The results suggest that the final review contains elements of three competing discourses and elucidate how a particular MT regime was made to appear objectively as the only viable solution for dealing with opiate addicts.
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Keywords: DISCOURSE; EVIDENCE; MAINTENANCE TREATMENT; POLICY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 August 2009

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