In this invited commentary we respond to Sy, Bontje, Ohshima, and Kiepek’s (2020) article that sought to articulate how drug use, as a ‘non-sanctioned’ occupation, should be understood in relation to the context within which it occurs; specifically, they consider the distinct historical, cultural, and socially situated values within which drug using in the Philippines occurs. We advocate for a collaborative approach that draws on the interdisciplinary value that occupational science can afford, in order to support the establishment of a comprehensive occupational perspective. Further, we consider this work in relation to Twinley’s concept ‘the dark side of occupation’, upholding that an occupational perspective of drug use is crucial.
Twinley, R., & Castro De Jong, D. (2020). Commentary on: Sy, Bontje, Ohshima & Kiepek. Articulating the form, function, and meaning of drug using in the Philippines from the lens of morality and work ethics. Journal of Occupational Science, 27(1), 22-25. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2020.1733924