Addicts who Survived: An Oral History of Narcotic Use in by David T. Courtwright

By David T. Courtwright

The authors hire the innovations of oral historical past to penetrate the nether international of the drug consumer, giving us an engrossing portrait of lifestyles within the drug way of life through the "classic" period of strict narcotic regulate. compliment for the hardcover variation: "A momentous ebook which i think is destined to develop into a vintage within the type of scholarly narcotic books."--Claude Brown, writer of the bestseller, Manchild within the Promised Land. "The drug literature is stuffed with the stereotyped reviews of non-addicted, middle-class pundits who've had little direct touch with addicts. those tales are truth. Narcotic addicts of the interior towns are either tricky and mild, misleading while helpful and but usually generous--above all, sensible judges of personality. whereas judging them, the clinician can be being judged."--Vincent P. Dole, M.D., The Rockefeller Institute. "What used to be it wish to be a narcotic addict in the course of the Anslinger period? No publication will most likely ever seem that provides a greater photograph than this one. . . . a singularly readable and informative paintings on an issue often buried in cliches and stereotypes."--Donald W. Goodwin, magazine of the yank scientific organization " . . . a tremendous contribution to the growing to be physique of literature that makes an attempt to extra basically outline the character of drug habit. . . . [This e-book] will attract a various viewers. Academicians, politicians, and the overall reader will locate this method of drug dependancy tremendous priceless, insightful, and instructive. . . . with no qualification a person wishing to procure a greater figuring out of drug addicts and habit will take advantage of studying this book."--John C. McWilliams, Pennsylvania journal of historical past and Biography "This learn has a lot to claim to a normal viewers, in addition to these inquisitive about drug control."--Publishers Weekly "The authors' reviews are perceptive and the interviews make fascinating reading."--John Duffy, magazine of yank background "This e-book provides an essential and infrequently compelling human size to the tale of drug use and legislation enforcement. the cloth may be of significant price to different experts, akin to these attracted to the heritage of prepared crime and of outsiders in general."--H. Wayne Morgan, magazine of Southern background "This ebook represents an important and useful addition to the modern substance abuse literature. . . . this ebook offers findings from a unique and remarkably inventive examine process in a cogent and really informative manner."--William M. Harvey, magazine of Psychoactive medicines "This is an efficient and demanding booklet packed with new info containing provocative components often introduced forth in the course of the touching info of private adventure. . . . there is no recollection which is not of intrinsic price and plenty of element to concerns hardly broached in additional traditional studies."--Alan Block, magazine of Social heritage

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Rx forgeries and wholesalers' diversion. 4. Small drug slore larcenies. 5. Jear East opium. 6. Limiting of manufacture to world medical needs PUIS accent on clandestine factories in Europe and Near East. 7. Clandestine manufacture afheroin and I:tl. (~mugg1ing). 1mporh from manufal·turer~ in Switzerland, Germany, France, 1----1----1-----1'---+ Traffic SUP~lied By, 19;0-1940," I established 1956) 7. JuvenHe delinquents. 1. ~::? d~s;;;e:~i~:ueno Rican Addiction, 1945 to Date 1960 1965 -+-----1 1.

Although it is by no means the only way to describe the history of narcotic addiction, the oral tableau nevertheless appealed to us as a fresh and personal way of approaching the topic. The oral history model is not without risks and limitations, however, and these should be considered as well. One problem with any finite collection of narratives has to do with their representativeness. How typical are the remembered experiences and feelings of a given group of inter- 29 30 ADDICTS WHO SURVIVED viewees?

Burroughs, most addicts of this era did not leave written accounts of their experiences. Even if they possessed the talent and motivation to write, it was inexpedient to do so, given that the police might suddenly kick in the door and start seizing evidence. Any social his- 27 28 ADDICTS WHO SURVIVED torical account, emphasizing the experiences of the addicts themselves, must therefore rely heavily on oral history. The gathering of such oral testimony was made possible by a chance discovery. In 1979 researchers at the New York State Division of Substance Abuse Services began noticing a growing number of older methadone patients-persons in their sixties, seventies, and even eightiesenrolled in New York City methadone maintenance programs.

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