Addicts who Survived: An Oral History of Narcotic Use in by David T. Courtwright

By David T. Courtwright

The authors hire the innovations of oral historical past to penetrate the nether global of the drug person, giving us an engrossing portrait of lifestyles within the drug lifestyle in the course of the "classic" period of strict narcotic keep an eye on. compliment for the hardcover variation: "A momentous e-book which i think is destined to develop into a vintage within the class of scholarly narcotic books."--Claude Brown, writer of the bestseller, Manchild within the Promised Land. "The drug literature is stuffed with the stereotyped critiques of non-addicted, middle-class pundits who've had little direct touch with addicts. those tales are fact. Narcotic addicts of the interior towns are either difficult and mild, misleading while useful and but frequently generous--above all, sensible judges of personality. whereas judging them, the clinician is additionally being judged."--Vincent P. Dole, M.D., The Rockefeller Institute. "What used to be it wish to be a narcotic addict in the course of the Anslinger period? No booklet will most likely ever seem that offers a greater photo than this one. . . . a singularly readable and informative paintings on a subject matter normally buried in cliches and stereotypes."--Donald W. Goodwin, magazine of the yank clinical organization " . . . a big contribution to the transforming into physique of literature that makes an attempt to extra in actual fact outline the character of drug habit. . . . [This e-book] will attract a various viewers. Academicians, politicians, and the final reader will locate this method of drug dependancy super worthy, insightful, and instructive. . . . with out qualification a person wishing to procure a greater figuring out of drug addicts and dependancy will reap the benefits of analyzing this book."--John C. McWilliams, Pennsylvania journal of heritage and Biography "This research has a lot to assert to a basic viewers, in addition to these interested by drug control."--Publishers Weekly "The authors' reviews are perceptive and the interviews make fascinating reading."--John Duffy, magazine of yank heritage "This ebook provides a necessary and sometimes compelling human size to the tale of drug use and legislations enforcement. the cloth can be of significant worth to different experts, akin to these attracted to the heritage of prepared crime and of outsiders in general."--H. Wayne Morgan, magazine of Southern background "This publication represents an important and invaluable addition to the modern substance abuse literature. . . . this e-book provides findings from a singular and remarkably creative examine method in a cogent and exceedingly informative manner."--William M. Harvey, magazine of Psychoactive medicines "This is an effective and critical e-book choked with new info containing provocative components often introduced forth in the course of the touching information of non-public event. . . . there is no such thing as a recollection which is not of intrinsic worth and lots of element to concerns infrequently broached in additional traditional studies."--Alan Block, magazine of Social heritage

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It is a sudden imagining of the forest for one who has spent a life among the trees. Interviews of this sort, however informative, are of still greater value if they are structpred and comparable. It was for this reason that we devised a list of core questions, reproduced in the Appendix. These questions were designed to elicit the life histories of the interviewees, with special reference to their use of narcotics and other drugs. They were asked about their childhood, their family and neighborhood, their schooling, their first use of drugs, why they used narcotics, the prices and sources of various drugs at different points in time, how they supported themselves, their prison histories, how they got into a methadone or other treatment program, what they thought of it, and so forth.

2 percent MexicanP Data of this sort have been criticized as misleading, since minorities are treated prejudicially and are hence more likely to end up in institutions or jails. 28 Even in normal times it is tempting for the police to fill their quotas in the ghetto; it is easier to ticket, arrest, or prosecute those who are relatively powerless. These biases are real but in one sense irrelevant. Statistics such as these, amplified and personalized by news stories and photographs, shape public opinion, regardless of their factual basis.

Using that way, it was very easy for me to see how other people abused drugs. I felt, and I still feel that, if a person can afford it, and use drugs moderately, it wouldn't be detrimental to them in any way. But, it's like everything else: it ain't what you do, it's the way you do it. The desire to avoid "drug abuse" extended to other substances as well. With one or two exceptions they shunned barbiturates and amphetamines, and drank heavily only when they were off narcotics, never concurrently.

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