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HEP CATS, NARCS, AND PIPE DREAMS: A History of America's Romance with Illegal Drugs

Jonnes, Jill Author

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A social history of America's use of drugs journeys from white middle class females of the early 1900s who were given opiates for childbirth, to the spread of marijuana and heroin through the black community via the jazz world, to today's use of crack and Xstacy. 15,000 first printing.

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Jill Jonnes provides a highly detailed and enormously readable history of American drug use in the 20th century, making the important point that narcotics were a problem long before their naive glorification in the 1960s. Without ever sounding preachy, she calls for re-stigmatizing illegal drugs. "The societal costs of widely available drugs clearly outweigh whatever pleasure and insight they provide to those who can handle them," she concludes. "Just Say No" may have seemed corny, but there was something to it.

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Jill Jonnes had been a journalist for many years when she earned a Ph.D. degree in history from Johns Hopkins. She curated the new U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Museum's exhibit "Illegal Drugs in America: A Modern History."

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