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Drugs and Rights

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Do adults have the right to use drugs for recreational purposes? The first serious work to address the question argues that the war on drugs violates the rights of adults wanting to use drugs for pleasure, and that criminal laws against this use are incompatible with moral rights.
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Overview

Do adults have the right to use drugs for recreational purposes? The first serious work to address the question argues that the war on drugs violates the rights of adults wanting to use drugs for pleasure, and that criminal laws against this use are incompatible with moral rights.
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"No one seriously interested in criminal justice in the United States can afford to ignore this book....Husak's book is certainly the best book by a philosopher on the right to drug use in recent years and will hopefully encourage philosophers and others to engage this issue with the kind of critical rigor it surely deserves." David A. J. Richards, Ethics

"Douglas Husak's Drugs and Rights is an extremely interesting and well written inquiry into whether adults have a moral right to the use of recreational drugs....While Husak primarily wants to make his case on moral grounds, this book also provides a useful overview of what we know about those who use drugs. The skillful blending of moral philosophy with empirical social science is certainly one of the strengths of this work....One can only hope that before we fight another losing battle in the drug war, Husak's analysis is given a wide reading." Donald W. Crowley, Legal Studies Forum

"[A] sensitive and reasoned contribution...to an area of debate far too often clouded by prejudice and collective hysteria." Will Self, Times Literary Supplement

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Drugs, drug use, and criminalization 9
The war on drugs 9
Medical and legal definitions of drugs 19
Legal regulation of drugs 27
Constitutional issues 37
Recreational drug use 44
The decriminalization movement 51
Arguments for criminalization 59
2 Drugs and harm to users 71
Consequentialism and drug use 74
Autonomy and drug use 81
Analogies 90
Addiction and autonomy 100
Addiction, slavery, and autonomy 117
"Soft" paternalism and drug use 130
"Hard" paternalism and drug use 138
Conclusion 141
3 Drugs and harm to others 145
Utilitarianism and drug use 147
The evaluative assumptions in utilitarianism 157
Harm and disutility 162
The nature of criminal harm 170
Anticipatory offenses 178
Drugs and crime 195
Conclusion 207
4 Restrictions on drug use 209
Local controls and the importance of community 212
Reasonable regulation of drug use 222
Special cases: Pregnant drug users 230
Adolescents and adults 243
A moral right to use drugs: Misinterpretations 251
Notes 257
Works cited 289
Index 307
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