While there have always been norms and customs around the use of drugs, explicit public policies-regulations, taxes, and prohibitions-designed to control drug abuse are a more recent phenomenon. Those policies sometimes have terrible side-effects: most prominently the development of criminal enterprises dealing in forbidden (or untaxed) drugs and the use of the profits of drug-dealing to finance insurgency and terrorism. Neither a drug-free world nor a world of
free drugs seems to be on offer, leaving citizens and officials to face the age-old problem: What are we going to do about drugs?
In Drugs and Drug Policy, three noted authorities survey the subject with exceptional clarity, in this addition to the acclaimed series, What Everyone Needs to Know. They begin by, defining "drugs, " examining how they work in the brain, discussing the nature of addiction, and exploring the damage they do to users. The book moves on to policy, answering questions about legalization, the role of criminal prohibitions, and the relative legal tolerance for alcohol and tobacco.
The authors then dissect the illicit trade, from street dealers to the flow of money to the effect of catching kingpins, and show the precise nature of the relationship between drugs and crime. They examine treatment, both its effectiveness and the role of public policy, and discuss the beneficial effects of some
abusable substances. Finally they move outward to look at the role of drugs in our foreign policy, their relationship to terrorism, and the ugly politics that surround the issue.
Crisp, clear, and comprehensive, this is a handy and up-to-date overview of one of the most pressing topics in today's world.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 208 x 148 x 17 mm
"Drugs and Drug Policy is
the product of scholarly work but comes in the form of a guidebook of
answers to questions simple and complex about everything to do with the
two topics. It is fit for both the policymaker and the concerned parent
(how many books can this be said of?) because it combines a rigorous
analytical approach to drugs without skipping over the social reasons
the topic deserves to be discussed in the home. Kleiman, Caulkins and
Hawken's review of the nuances of the drug issue can't help but elicit
an appreciation for the variety of approaches against drug use that
could supplement or substitute for our current top-down one."
"Drugs and Drug Policy is a practical book which aims to debunk myths...thoughtful and clearly written." - The Economist
"A product of genius, in form and content: more than two hundred
questions, all relevant and urgent, with succinct and lucid answers.
When I started the book, I had strong opinions on many of the topics it
covered; again and again--every time the book came into conflict with my
original beliefs--the authors changed my mind. If you care about drugs,
you need to read this book. If you don't, read it anyway, just to see
how it's done." --Thomas Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economic