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The essay seeks to predict the consequences of the depenalisation of drug consumption, bearing in mind, on the one hand, the suggestions of the economic theory of drug addiction and, on the other, the changes in progress in the structure of the contemporary family. The first part analyses the consequences for juvenile drug addiction of pressure from contemporaries and changes in family structure. In the second part, the author sums up the main points of the economic theory of drug addiction, stressing the high price elasticity of drug consumption and linking them to ongoing changes in family structure. Becker concludes by listing the possible implications of a policy to depenalise drug consumption and, in the light of these implications, suggests the introduction of a minimum age limit for the acquisition of drugs, as well as the reform of family and educational policies.