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Drugs (Contemporary Issues)by Jeffrey A. Schaler
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Does drug addiction exist? Do we have a right to use drugs? Is personal responsibility achieved at the cost of individual liberty? Can drugs ever be controlled? Would a free market in drugs reduce social problems? This rich and diverse collection assembles a wide range of views in the ongoing debate over drug legalization, decriminalization, and deregulation in America.
Reformers looking to lighten and eliminate drug laws are a divided group, with some claiming that drug abuse is a disease, a national health problem that should be treated as such, while those committed to the "war on drugs" stress personal responsibility, and that there is no such thing as the "disease" of addiction. Attitudes are splintered over government involvement in enforcement and regulation.
Psychologist Jeffrey A. Schaler seeks to expand our thinking about drug control in a free society by looking at the ethical issues as well as anthropological, sociological, economic, political, and philosophical questions that arise in the debate. This important volume includes essays by William Bennett, Rep. Joseph Biden, President Clinton, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Thomas Szasz, George Will, John Q. Wilson, and many others.
Book News Annotation:
In previously published essays (1980-1998), an eclectic group of 32 contributors--including former drug czar William Bennett, Sen. Joseph Bidden (Dem., Delaware), economist Milton Friedman, and Dr. Robert DuPont (former director, the National Institute on Drug Abuse)--make explicit the values driving the failing US war on drugs. They debate whether illegal drugs really cause crime, can be legitimate medicines, the loss- of-control vs. choice nature of addiction, and the constitutionality of court-ordered treatment. No index.
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This rich and diverse collection assembles a wide range of views concerning the ongoing and heated debate over drug legalization, decriminalization, and deregulation in America. Essays by William Bennett, Thomas Szasz, George Will, and many others debate the ethical questions, as well as the anthropological, sociological, economic, political, and philosophical perspectives of the issue. 300 pp.
About the Author
Jeffrey A. Schaler (Silver Spring, MD) is currently on the faculty of American University's School of Public Affairs; Johns Hopkins University, and the Institute for Human Studies at George Mason University.
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