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NCJ Number: 157349 Find in a Library
Title: American System: Legal Sanctions To Repress Drug Abuse (From Drugs and the Criminal Justice System, P 17-37, 1974, James A. Inciardi and Carl D. Chambers, eds.)
Author(s): R King
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter focuses on the evolution of legal sanctions in the U.S. to suppress the use of illicit drugs.
Abstract: The author proposes that current antidrug efforts have their origins in the Prohibition Era, and that lawmakers over the past 50 years have created social attitudes toward drug use, rather than responding to them. The chapter describes the use of heroin in 19th Century America, the passage of the first legislation controlling the manufacturing and distribution of opiates products, and the creation of the Bureau of Narcotics in 1930, where government bureaucrats began to disseminate the idea that drug addiction posed a great threat to American society. The chapter concludes with a discussion of some of the controversies over antidrug policy that have emerged in the past 15 years, and argues that Administration efforts to end the use of methadone treatment for drug addicts is the latest measure to totally repress drug use in the U.S. 42 references
Main Term(s): Drug laws
Index Term(s): Drug dependence; Opioids
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