Point/Counterpoint : Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy / Edition 1

Point/Counterpoint : Opposing Perspectives on Issues of Drug Policy / Edition 1

by Charles F. Levinthal
     
 

The world of legal and illegal drugs is examined from a sociological, historical, and biological perspective through articles garnered from popular magazines, medical journals, and government documents.

The book opens with selections on the question of drug legalization, and then extends the parameters of the discussion to the social implications of drug policy.

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Overview

The world of legal and illegal drugs is examined from a sociological, historical, and biological perspective through articles garnered from popular magazines, medical journals, and government documents.

The book opens with selections on the question of drug legalization, and then extends the parameters of the discussion to the social implications of drug policy. Next, the prevention and medicalization of drug dependency and abuse are considered in light of recently published research. Finally, the government's role in decriminalization and regulation of marijuana and prescription drugs is investigated and critiqued.

Designed for educators that focus on drugs and alcohol use and abuse in both psychology and health departments.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900205336073
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Wisdom in Debating Drug Policy
1Question: Should We Legalize Drugs?1
Selection 1Congressional testimony on drug legalization, decriminalization, and harm reduction4
Selection 2Mind alteration: Drug-policy scholar Ethan Nadelmann on turning people against drug prohibition12
Selection 3The case for legalisation: Time for a puff of sanity (2001, July 28-August 3)21
Looking at Both Sides - The Debate Continues23
2Question: Should Drug Interdiction Be Our Primary Goal in the War on Drugs?26
Selection 4Congressional testimony on U.S. air interdiction efforts in South America28
Selection 5Senate floor debate: Statement in favor of authorizing appropriations for Plan Colombia operations33
Selection 6Senate floor debate: Statement in opposition to authorizing appropriations for Plan Colombia operations35
Selection 7Two wars or one? Drugs, guerrillas, and Colombia's new Violencia36
Looking at Both Sides - The Debate Continues48
3Question: Should We Encourage Needle Exchange Programs for Intravenous Drug Abusers?50
Selection 8The role of needle exchange programs in HIV prevention52
Selection 9Does IV needle exchange work?58
Selection 10Killing them softly61
Looking at Both Sides - The Debate Continues68
4Question: Should Harm Reduction Be Our Overall Goal in Fighting Drug Abuse?70
Selection 11Congressional testimony in opposition to drug legalization74
Selection 12Congressional testimony in favor of a harm-reduction policy77
Selection 13New strategies for rational drug policy81
Looking at Both Sides - The Debate Continues88
5Question: Should Drug and Alcohol Dependence Be Considered a Brain Disease?90
Selection 14Addiction is a brain disease: An interview with Alan Leshner, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse92
Selection 15The Fallacies of no-fault addiction98
Selection 16Deep cravings: New research on the brain and behavior clarifies the mystery of addiction105
Looking at Both Sides - The Debate Continues113
6Question: Is Alcoholics Anonymous the Best Strategy for the Treatment of Alcoholism?115
Selection 17Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. The twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous117
Selection 18Why AA works: A psychological analysis of the addictive experience and the efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous119
Selection 19All wet: The gospel of abstinence and twelve-step, studies show, is leading American alcoholics astray130
Looking at Both Sides - The Debate Continues136
7Question: Should Stimulant Drugs Be Used to Treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in Children?139
Selection 20Why Ritalin rules141
Selection 21What's all the fuss about Ritalin?149
Selection 22Commentary: Development of clinical services for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder154
Looking at Both Sides - The Debate Continues160
8Question: Should Marijuana Be Legally Available as a Medicine?162
Selection 23Say it straight: The medical myths of marijuana164
Selection 24Marijuana on the ballot167
Selection 25Whither medical marijuana?176
Looking at Both Sides - The Debate Continues183
9Question: Should the Government Act More Aggressively in Regulating Drugs and Drug Prices?185
Selection 26Drugs, drug prices and your health186
Selection 27Prescription for trouble: Why drug prices keep exploding193
Selection 28Time to assure safe dietary supplements: Innovative protection needed199
Looking at Both Sides - The Debate Continues207

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