Drug War Heresies Learning from Other Vices, Times, and Places

ISBN-10: 052179997X
ISBN-13: 9780521799973
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/27/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

This book provides the first multidisciplinary and nonpartisan analysis of how the United States should decide on the legal status of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. It draws on data about the experiences of Western European nations with less punitive drug policies as well as new analyses of America's experience with legal cocaine and heroin a century ago, and of America's efforts to regulate gambling, prostitution, alcohol and cigarettes. It offers projections on the likely consequences of a number of different legalization regimes and shows that the choice about how to regulate drugs involves complicated tradeoffs among goals and conflict among social groups. The book presents a sophisticated discussion of how society should deal with the uncertainty about the consequences of legal change. Finally, it explains, in terms of individual attitudes toward risk, why it is so difficult to accomplish substantial reform of drug policy in America.

Preface and overview
Drug prohibition: American style
The debate
Philosophical underpinnings
How does prohibition affect drug use?
How does prohibition affect drug harms?
Other vices: prostitution and gambling
Other substances: alcohol and cigarettes
US experience with legal cocaine and heroin
Learning from European experiences
Cannabis policies in the Netherlands
Harm reduction in Europe
Summary of the evidence and a framework for assessment
Projecting the consequences of alternative regimes
Obstacles to moving beyond the drug war

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