By David T. Courtwright
The authors hire the thoughts of oral heritage to penetrate the nether international of the drug person, giving us an engrossing portrait of lifestyles within the drug tradition throughout the "classic" period of strict narcotic regulate. compliment for the hardcover version: "A momentous booklet which i believe is destined to develop into a vintage within the classification of scholarly narcotic books."--Claude Brown, writer of the bestseller, Manchild within the Promised Land. "The drug literature is full of 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 internal towns are either difficult and mild, misleading whilst worthy and but frequently generous--above all, intelligent judges of personality. whereas judging them, the clinician can also be being judged."--Vincent P. Dole, M.D., The Rockefeller Institute. "What was once it prefer to be a narcotic addict throughout the Anslinger period? No booklet will most likely ever seem that provides a greater photograph than this one. . . . a singularly readable and informative paintings on a topic commonly buried in cliches and stereotypes."--Donald W. Goodwin, magazine of the yank scientific organization " . . . an incredible contribution to the growing to be physique of literature that makes an attempt to extra truly outline the character of drug habit. . . . [This publication] will attract a various viewers. Academicians, politicians, and the overall reader will locate this method of drug dependancy tremendous precious, insightful, and instructive. . . . with no qualification an individual wishing to procure a greater realizing of drug addicts and dependancy will take advantage of interpreting this book."--John C. McWilliams, Pennsylvania journal of heritage and Biography "This research has a lot to assert to a normal viewers, in addition to these all for drug control."--Publishers Weekly "The authors' reviews are perceptive and the interviews make attention-grabbing reading."--John Duffy, magazine of yank heritage "This ebook provides a necessary and infrequently compelling human measurement to the tale of drug use and legislation enforcement. the fabric could be of significant worth to different experts, akin to these drawn to the heritage of geared up crime and of outsiders in general."--H. Wayne Morgan, magazine of Southern historical past "This booklet represents an important and useful addition to the modern substance abuse literature. . . . this e-book provides findings from a unique and remarkably innovative study technique in a cogent and quite informative manner."--William M. Harvey, magazine of Psychoactive medicinal drugs "This is an effective and demanding publication packed with new info containing provocative parts often introduced forth in the course of the touching info of non-public adventure. . . . there is no 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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He did not, however, advance to the conclusion implied by his analysis: doing something about black addiction meant doing something about black economic and social conditions. Instead, Anslinger fell back upon what he knew best, enforcement. During the 1950s he pushed for ever tougher sanctions against traffickers, believing that the ultimate solution lay in choking off the illicit supply. Congress, alarmed by stories of teenage users, the darkening racial cast of institutionalized addicts, the postwar renaissance of the Mafia, and the alleged trafficking of nonwhite communist countries like China, was in a mood to agree.
The answer is that addicts do lie, but usually only when their freedom or their supply of drugs is at stake. Since most of our subjects were already in a methadone program and were receiving a legal supply of medication, this was not a factor; the interviews placed them in no jeopardy. To make doubly sure, we instructed them to avoid using surnames, either their own or those of living persons who may have been involved in various crimes. The given names used were, for the most part, aliases. This anonymity, together with our complete disassociation from any law 33 34 ADDICTS WHO SURVIVED enforcement agency, made for more relaxed and truthful interviews.
30 The blacks who fled the South were mainly young, unattached adults whose futures lay before them. " What actually awaited them, the ghetto slum, has been likened to the frying pan instead of the fire. with the usual array of urban vice figures: pimps, prostitutes, thieves, con men, numbers runners, and all manner of drug retailers, from marijuana distributors like the legendary white hipster Milton Mezzrow to black opiate users and dealers like Malcolm Little, later Malcolm X. Disoriented and demoralized, the newcomers were exposed to narcotics in a way they had never been before.