Public health past and present
Illicit drugs and the rise of epidemiology during the 1960s
Epidemiology has been crucial to the understanding of both tobacco smoking and illicit drug taking as public health issues in Britain since the 1960s. There were, however, siginificant differences in the way in which epidemiology was used between the two psychoactive substances.
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Funding: The author is currently employed on an Economic and Social Research Council-funded project on the illegal drug voluntary sector and the emergence of drug user groups.
Competing interests: None.