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

Drug Crazy : How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out - 98 edition

Drug Crazy : How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out - 98 edition

ISBN13: 9780415926478

ISBN10: 0415926475

Drug Crazy : How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out by Mike Gray - ISBN 9780415926478
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98
Copyright: 1998
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
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Drug Crazy : How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out by Mike Gray - ISBN 9780415926478

ISBN13: 9780415926478

ISBN10: 0415926475

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 98

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Summary

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.