Drug Crazy How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out

ISBN-10: 0415926475
ISBN-13: 9780415926478
Edition: 2000
Authors: Mike Gray
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Description: Over the last fifteen years, American taxpayers have spent over $300 billion to wage the war on drugs--three times what it cost to put a man on the moon. InDrug Crazy, journalist Mike Gray offers a scathing indictment of this financial fiasco,  More...

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Book details

List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/27/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Over the last fifteen years, American taxpayers have spent over $300 billion to wage the war on drugs--three times what it cost to put a man on the moon. InDrug Crazy, journalist Mike Gray offers a scathing indictment of this financial fiasco, chronicling a series of expensive and hypocritical follies that have benefited only two groups: professional anti-drug advocates and drug lords. The facts are alarming. More than twenty-five years ago, a presidential committee determined that marijuana is neither an addictive substance nor a "stepping stone" to harder drugs, but the embarrassing final report was shelved by a government already heavily invested in "the war against drugs". Many medical experts recommend simply prescribing drugs to addicts, and communities that have done this report a lower crime rate and reduced unemployment among drug users. In a riveting account of how we got to this impasse-- discriminatory policies, demonization of users, grandstanding among both lawmakers andlawbreakers -- conventional wisdom is turned on its head. Rather than a planned assault on the scourge of addiction, the drug war has happened almost by accident and has been continually exploited by political opportunists. A gripping account of the violence, corruption, and chaos characterizing the drug war since its inception, Mike Gray's incisive narrative launches a frontal attack on America's drug orthodoxy. His overview of the battlefield makes it clear that this urgent debate must begin now.

Acknowledgments
A Tale of Two Cities--Chicago: 1995/1925
May It Please the Court
Long Day's Journey into Night
The Devil and Harry Anslinger
Addiction to Disaster
The River of Money
Montezuma's Revenge
Mission Impossible
Lessons from the Old Country
Reefer Madness
Prescription for Sanity
Appendix A
U.S. Murder Rate
Federal Drug War Budget, 1981-1993
State and Federal Prison Population, 1966-1996
An Activist's Guide
Notes
Index

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