Addicts do not commit crimes to buy drugs to avoid withdrawal; raher, those already criminal tend to become addicts.
If the unpleasantness of the Oakland Flu were such a driving factor, why are the less pleasant effects of opiate use (e.g. nausea and constipation) not a deterrent?
That said, however, this book is not his best effort in terms of his usually elegant, witty, and engaging writing style.
A slender book, packed with useful information on the nature of opiate addiction. If you deal with a user, you need this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Retired Cop
The USA needs to heed this book in regards to all drugs. We have been brain washed that we have no control over our lives, everything is an addiction and we are helpless. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patricia Hartwig
For all of us who work in the health field, this rare and honest view of the bureaucracy that benefits from a false view of narcotics addiction should be read carefully. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Janice D. Barry MD
Another good book by Theodore Dalrymple. It dismantles the heroic struggle myth of Heroin and Opium withdrawing, and discusses the origin and danger of the myth and reasons for its... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
The author has seen it all from inside British prisons. If there is a drug abuser in your life, this book will provide a much needed perspective on the cycle of dependency and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mike Dodaro
First of all, he is a very entertaining writer, and this is a fun read. But, if you are looking for unbiased facts, look elsewhere. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Plus x
I really liked this short book, the thesis of which (no spoiler - it's in the first pages) is that opiate addiction is not the disabling, inescapable hell its drama queens and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by P. Weiser
While I didn't read the book, the reviews seemed that his argument is one sided and misleading about opiates and our societies love for it. Opiate withdrawal is easy and tolerable? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jaswars
I enjoyed reading Dr. Dalrymple book but must admit I am spoiled. I've grown to enjoy his humor so much that when he writes a serious book, I don't feel the same. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Zacharyman