Law in Society Essay by Peerless

Law in Society
A study of the legal debate of the heroin safe injecting rooms (SIR).
# 9684 | 2,695 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This essay examines the socio-legal influences and the possibilities of social transformations through law, with reference to the heroin SIRs debate. It demonstrates how law and society mutually influence each other. The author of the paper states that the law facilitates change, by recognizing the insufficiency of prohibition acts and legitimates the implementation of SIRs.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: The Power Orientation
Heroin Safe Injecting Rooms (SIRs)
Law influences Society: Legality
Social influence: Legal Limitations and the Need for Changes
Legal Reforms and Amendments
Law: Transformative Force?
Law as an Instrument for Social Changes:

From the Paper:

"In order to address the question precisely, it is important to begin with a brief introduction of heroin SIRs. SIRs are founded upon the need to reduce the risk associated with over-dosages of illicit drugs and transmission of blood-borne diseases, HIV for instance, through sharing infected needles. SIRs allow users to inject drugs in a safe, hygienic, and controlled environment (e.g., clean room, needles, spoons, and other paraphernalia). In addition, the SIRs are supervised by medical professionals who provide counseling and medical treatment for users. The drugs are not provided by the program, nor can they be dealt or exchanged on the premises."

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