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Ring and bring drug services: Delivery dealing and the social life of a drug phone

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Ring and bring drug services : Delivery dealing and the social life of a drug phone. / Søgaard, Thomas Friis; Kolind, Torsten; Haller, Mie Birk; Hunt, Geoffrey.

I: International Journal of Drug Policy, Bind 69, Nr. July, 2019, s. 8-15.

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