This book focuses on the many critical areas of America's drug problem, providing a foundation for rational decision-making within this complex and multidisciplinary field. The author offers an examination of the US drug problem, dealing with drugs, abusers, drug enforcement, and public policy.
This book asks fundamental questions about US drug policies and social norms. This divided approach shapes public policy, the justice system, research, social services, and health care. The author speaks to the silencing effects of both criminalization and medicalization, incorporating first-person narratives to show a wide variety of user experiences with drugs. By challenging current thinking about drugs and users, she calls for a next wave of drug policy reform in the United States, beginning with recognizing the full spectrum of drug use practices.
The book is an analysis of the shift from criminalization to regulation of recreational drugs. The war on drugs has failed, and the cost of trying to control the production, sale, and use of recreational drugs through the criminal law is too high. It brings unjust incarceration, illicit markets, tainted substances, exploited children, and an untaxed industry. The book calls for a thoughtful, national discussion of the legalization and regulation of recreational drugs and it is the "least bad" way forward.
Articles, commentary and review articles focusing on attitudes and offender counseling, prevention and treatment programs, theory and philosophy for programs with juvenile and adult rehabilitation programs.