Review by Choice Review
This monumental collection should be read with care by all who are involved in public policy and treatment programs regarding drug use and abuse. The clear thesis of the work is that current public policy is a major failure and the best possible approach to change is a paradigm shift to drug legalization. Contributors consider the two major options for legalization: the public health-harm reduction point of view and the civil libertarian position. The volume presents hard evidence that demonstrates clearly the unacceptable cost of the current "war" on drugs and points out that society's two most destructive drugs, alcohol and tobacco, are legal. The US experience with prohibition of alcohol is reviewed thoroughly. Some of the material included is complex and demanding, but most of it is presented in a manner that is easily comprehended. The range of contributors is impressive, and they represent a wide and eclectic background. Each article includes a bibliography, most of which are superior. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. F. J. Peirce; emeritus, University of Oklahoma
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