The Great Drug War: And Radical Proposals That Could Make America Safe Again First Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0026198301
ISBN-10: 0026198304
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From Publishers Weekly

In this arresting minority report, the author argues that a kind of hysteria has swept the U.S. about the use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs. Trebach, a professor in the School of Justice at American University, characterizes as wild the claim that an "entire generation is being destroyed by illegal chemicals," pointing out that far greater damage is being done to the nation by two legal drugs, alcohol and nicotine. Aided by the cheerleading of Nancy Reagan, many "experts," he claims, provide false information about drugs to young people and their parents; programs such as Straight Inc. and CareUnits even deprive some youths of their constitutional rights. He details the deleterious effects of the current drug war on the sick, the police and others, concluding with "a bundle of peaceful compromises" to bring "drugpeace." A good start, he states, could be made by admitting that the work of law enforcement agencies has had no significant impact on our citizenry's drug-taking habits. This controversial study is likely to be widely discussed.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Trebach is strongly opposed to all forms of drug abuse, but for several years he has been a leading debunker of the "war on drugs" mentality and present control policies. Following a lengthy attack on the irrationality of present programs, he suggests replacing the war on drugs with a "peace movement" that would be based on "methods of living peacefully with drugs that create the least possible harm for users and their nonusing neighbors," e.g., providing clean needles for addicts and health warnings on alcoholic beverages. While unconventional, Trebach's proposals are worthy of serious consideration as a rational alternative to present drug control policy. Highly recommended. John Broderick, Sociology Dept., Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Macmillan Publishing Company; First edition (June 1, 1987)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 401 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0026198304
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0026198301
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.2 pounds
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