The Fix

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University of California Press, May 31, 2000 - Medical - 335 pages
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With a new preface

Looking back on the 25-year war on drugs, Michael Massing offers a blistering critique of the politics and narrow-mindedness that have made our national drug policy a failure, and he proposes what must be done--stressing treatment over imprisonment--to begin to rescue addicts from the street and diminish the hold drugs have in this country.
 

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This is a persuasive and well-supported argument that readily available treatment is the way to combat the massive problem of drug abuse in the US. Massing knows of what he speaks. As a contributing ... Read full review

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Massing, a reporter and MacArthur fellow who has been following national drug policy since 1988, believes that we are badly losing the long war on drugs. Instead, he would like to see a return to the ... Read full review

Contents

The Street Worker
17
Hard Core
29
Priorities
47
The Police
55
Buyers and Sellers
65
Explosion
73
WASHINGTON
83
Apprenticeship
85
The Deluge
177
The PhilosopherCzar
191
An Officer and a General
208
THE STREET 19931997
227
Rise and Fall
229
The Mayor
246
Redemption
258
CONCLUSION
269

To the White House
97
The Great Experiment
113
The Retreat
132
The Counterrevolution
143
Dismantlement
155
Storm Warnings
166
A Way Out
271
Notes
277
Select Bibliography
319
Acknowledgments
322
Index
323
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Michael Massing is a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. Named a MacArthur Fellow in 1992, he has been reporting on the drug world for the last ten years. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications.

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