Addicts Who Survived: An Oral History of Narcotic Use in America, 1923-1965

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Book by David Courtwright, Herman Joseph, Don Des Jarlais

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This comprehensive history of drug addiction in the U.S. by Courtwright, head of the University of Florida's department of history and philosphy, and coauthors Joseph, a sociologist, and social psychologist and AIDS researcher Des Jarlais, offers first-person monologues by 40 addicts whose stories retain each speaker's idiom. The authors distinguish their subjects, all now in their 60s, 70s and 80s, from "ordinary" junkies, depicting them as an elite among addicts who survived the so-called "classic" period, 1923-1965, of harsh narcotics law enforcement to participate in New York City's mid-'60s (and ongoing) methadone maintenance program. (Thefts and drug trafficking are compared here to a diabetic's "crime" of stealing to buy insulin.) Most severe criticism is reserved for what the authors view as inept and corrupt drug policies. This study has much to say to a general audience, as well as those involved in drug control. Photos.
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