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Blowing smoke : rethinking the war on drugs without prohibition and rehab

Author: Michael J Reznicek
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Alcohol, opiates, cocaine and marijuana, among other drugs, have been used and abused for millennia. Before the disease-model approach to drug addiction, which posits that addiction is a psychological and biological problem and that sufferers are victims, societies had a workable solution: let people consume what they want, and let informal cultural controls reinforce responsible behavior. Legal sanctions were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Reznicek
ISBN: 9781442215146 1442215143
OCLC Number: 749855661
Description: ix, 221 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Murder, thievery, and drunkenness --
Demon rum --
Disease crusaders --
Racism, progressivism, and drug laws --
The power of paradigms --
The brain on drugs --
Deconstructing rehab --
rethinking the effectiveness of rehab --
The habit model --
The case for drug legalization --
Controlling teen drug use --
Controlling adult drug use --
Challenges and opportunities --
Conclusion --
Appendix A : signs of drug use in children --
Appendix B : medications used to treat addictions --
Appendix C : diagnosing addictions.
Responsibility: Michael J. Reznicek.


Blowing Smoke argues that we are losing the drug war because of our devotion to the disease model of substance abuse. That model has become the driving force for our two main strategies in the war:  Read more...
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Drawing on his experience as a psychiatrist dealing with substance abusers, Michael Reznicek dares to question the medical profession's claim to special expertise in this area. He cogently explains Read more...

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