Comparative overview of public nuisance features with regard to open drug scenes and different approaches taken by European Countries to address them (Paper prepared to Pomidou group meeting Strasbourg November 18th -19th 2004)
Seen in a historical perspective, the open drug scenes are a new form of an old phenomenon. A larger or smaller fraction of most populations drift from the local communities towards the city centres. Some seek new opportunities, others and escape from the control and scrutiny of tighter neighbourhoods. Some want to unfold personal preferences of various sorts, others to escape the stigmatization from societies negative to their behaviour or appearance.