Dealing with Drugs
edited by Ronald Hamowy

A collection of articles dealing with the consequences of the government's war against drug dealers.
"...the actions of government are no substitute for the more complex knowledge embedded in the customs and social arrangements that arise independent of deliberate planning. It is absurd to suppose that men obey rules only when the punishment for breaking them involves legal sanctions. The overwhelming majority of us accommodate our behavior to a host of social conventions without the need for police enforcement, and there is every reason to believe that we would adjust our actions to conform to acceptable social practice with respect to drug use, were we permitted to." page 31 Ronald Hamowy

"The argument that the ingestion of drugs is in reality a crime with many victims since it harms the family and community of the drug user, who are denied his productive capabilities and his forgone earnings, as well as the drug-user himself, who is deprived of his rationality and his health, has no more merit than similar arguments applied to wastrels, layabouts, and chronic overeaters." page 32 Ronald Hamowy

"The peak of opiate addiction in the United States occurred about the turn of the century, when the number probably was close to 250,000 in a population of 76 million, a rate so far never equaled or exceeded." page 42 D. F. Musto

"Heroine had been made available commercially by the Bayer Company of Germany in 1898 as a superior cough suppressant. The Bayer Company believed that the addition of acetyl groups top the basic molecule would make morphine more palatable, and this product, diacetylmorphine, the company named Heroine, a trademark that was protected until Germany lost such protection as a result of losing the First World War. Similarly, by adding an acetyl group to salicylic acid to make it less irritating to the stomach when taken for joint pains, the Bayer Company launched another successful venture. In 1899 the company named sodium acetyl salicylic acid Aspirin, which similarly was protected by trademark until World War I." page 59 D. F. Musto

"...applying the same standard to drug-law users as they apply to drug users permits us to characterize them as addicts if they are psychologically "dependent" on such laws." page 74 Randy Barnett

Year Read: 1988


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