Narcotic Farm The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts

ISBN-10: 0810972867
ISBN-13: 9780810972865
Edition: 2008
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Description: From 1935 until 1975, just about every junkie busted for dope went to the Narcotic Farm. Equal parts federal prison, treatment center, farm, and research laboratory, the Farm was designed to rehabilitate addicts and help researchers discover a cure  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Abrams
Publication date: 10/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

From 1935 until 1975, just about every junkie busted for dope went to the Narcotic Farm. Equal parts federal prison, treatment center, farm, and research laboratory, the Farm was designed to rehabilitate addicts and help researchers discover a cure for drug addiction. Although it began as a bold and ambitious public works project, and became famous as a rehabilitation center frequented by great jazz musicians among others, the Farm was shut down forty years after it opened amid scandal over its drug-testing program, which involved experiments where inmates were being used as human guinea pigs and rewarded with heroin and cocaine for their efforts. Published to coincide with a documentary to be aired on PBS,The Narcotic Farmincludes rare and unpublished photographs, film stills, newspaper and magazine clippings, government documents, as well as interviews, writings, and anecdotes from the prisoners, doctors, and guards that trace the Farm's noble rise and tumultuous fall, revealing the compelling story of what really happened inside the prison walls.

Introduction
A New Deal for the Drug Addict
Competent and Humane
The Two Roads to Narco
The Lexington Cure
The Fantastic Lodge
The Talking Cure
Down on the Farm
Work is Therapy
At Play in the Fields of Narco
The Greatest Band You Never Heard
The Addiction Research Center
The Revolving Door
Bibliography
Index and Credits
Acknowledgments

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