Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Political Science - 251 pages
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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. In Drug 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 and lawbreakers -- 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.
  

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

User Review  - Brandon - Goodreads

Might write a review later. Hard to review because it's definitely outdated but that's not the author's fault and despite that there is a ton of interesting insights concerning the origins of our drug laws. Read full review

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

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Prescient 2000 novel with some very deep bits on the legislative history of drug laws, which as I'm sure most literate folks acknowledge, were not so much based on empirical data as much as they were based on whatever the opposite of empiric data is. Read full review

Contents

A Tale of Two Cities Chicago 19951925
3
May It Please the Court
23
Long Days Journey into Night
39
The Devil and Harry Anslinger
65
Addiction to Disaster
93
River of Money
111
Montezumas Revenge
133
Mission impossible
145
Reefer Madness
171
Prescription for Sanity
183
Appendix A
199
US MURDER RATE
200
19811993
201
19661996
202
AN ACTIVISTS GUIDE
203
Notes
215

Lessons from the Old Country
153

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About the author (1999)

Mike Gray, author of the screenplay for The China Syndrome, is a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, The Nation and Rolling Stone. In 1962, he formed his own film company in Chicago, which produced the award-winning documentaries American Revolution and The Murder of Fred Hampton. He lives in Los Angeles.

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