High

High

Drugs, Desire, and A Nation of Users

Book - 2017 | 1st edition
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Whether drinking Red Bull, relieving chronic pain with oxycodone, or experimenting with Ecstasy, Americans participate in a culture of self-medication, using psychoactive substances to enhance or manage our moods. A "drug-free America" seems to be a fantasyland that most people don't want to inhabit. High: Drugs, Desire, and a Nation of Users asks fundamental questions about US drug policies and social norms. Why do we endorse the use of some drugs and criminalize others? Why do we accept the necessity of a doctor-prescribed opiate but not the same thing bought off the street? This divided approach shapes public policy, the justice system, research, social services, and health care. And despite the decades-old war on drugs, drug use remains relatively unchanged. Ingrid Walker 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, Walker calls for a next wave of drug policy reform in the United States, beginning with recognizing the full spectrum of drug use practices"--Back cover blurb.
Publisher: Seattle ; London : University of Washington Press, [2017]
Edition: 1st edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780295742328
0295742321
Branch Call Number: 362.290973 W1524H 2017
Characteristics: xv, 220 pages : illustrations, charts ; 23 cm

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