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Case for Legalizing Drugs

ISBN-10: 0275934594

ISBN-13: 9780275934590

Edition: 1991

Authors: Richard L. Miller

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On the 75th anniversary of the Harrison Narcotic Act that unleashed the federal anti-drug crusade, historian Richard Lawrence Miller explores the origins, purposes, and effects of America's drug war. Thoroughly documented, The Case for Legalizing Drugs assembles diverse findings by chemists, biologists, pharmacologists, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, prosecutors, police officers, and drug users themselves. The resulting mosaic argues that most problems associated with illicit drugs are caused by laws restricting them. This book is a realistic appraisal of legalization, vital to anyone concerned about illicit drugs, public policy, and democracy. Despite the ineffectiveness and counterproductivity of anti-drug laws, enthusiasm grows for them. Laws that fail to eliminate drugs may nonetheless achieve hidden goals. Miller illuminates those goals and asks whether they are wise. Although drug war proponents may complain that civil liberties interfere with drug suppression, Miller argues that the answer is not less democracy, but more. He presents a message of hope and healing, based upon a century of scientific research and historical experience, and declares that legalization would not be a surrender to drugs, but liberation from them.
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Book details

List price: $67.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 1/17/1991
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Richard L. Miller, FAIA, was named by Healthcare Design magazine as one of the nation's twenty-five most influential people in healthcare design and given the lifetime achievement award as a Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal. He has served on the AIA Committee for Architecture and Healthcare and is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), the Nashville Health Care Council, the Nashville Hospitality House Board, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. Widely recognized as an expert in healthcare design, he has spoken on topics ranging from utilization of the team approach in building a children's hospital to the expectations of the hospital of the future at such venues as the Symposium on Healthcare Design and the IFMA World Workplace. Miller is president of Earl Swensson Associates (ESa).

Preface
What Drugs Do to Users
What Drug Users Do to Themselves
What Drug Users Do to Other Persons
Who Is the Drug Problem?
The Myth of Drug Abuse
The Experience of Legalization
Sources Cited
Index