In the mid to late 19th century, "patent medicines" typically containing large proportions of alcohol and fortified with cocaine, heroin, morphine, or opium were commonly available. In the 1960s, a different kind of drug abuse became widespread in America. Today, despite decades of concerted efforts to control or eradicate illicit drug use in the United States, illegal and dangerous drugs remain easy to obtain, and substance abuse is still a pervasive problem.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of drug policy in the United States from the early 1900s through the present day, providing historical and social context through the telling of the colorful and often tragic stories of the events and individuals throughout this period.
Substance Abuse in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide examines the history of U.S. drug policy chronologically, from the early 1900s through the current day, covering topics such as patent medicines, Prohibition, Reefer Madness, the psychedelic '60s, Nixon's War on Drugs, and the powerful warring Mexican drug cartels that currently threaten political instability in that country.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of U.S. drug policy that will fascinate general readers and benefit those in the field of substance abuse treatment or policy. Each chapter includes an analysis of a primary source document that serves to illuminate drug policy in America at a particular point in time as well as the reasons for the waxing and waning popularity of various drugs. The author provides accurate historical context that explains perceptions about substance abuse in American history, and draws compelling parallels across different time periods to show that much of what may seem new and unique for the present generation actually has a historical precedent.
• Suggestions for further readering are provided with each chapter, including books and book chapters, articles in the popular press, government documents, and links to Internet resources
• Interprets original documents that range from newspaper accounts of current events to the documents that determined America's drug policy over the last century
• Highlights the lives of dominant personalities and colorful characters who have strongly influenced America's drug policy
• Places each change in drug policy within its historical and cultural contexts to help readers understand how the policy came about