By David T. Courtwright

The authors hire the options of oral historical past to penetrate the nether international of the drug person, giving us an engrossing portrait of lifestyles within the drug lifestyle through the "classic" period of strict narcotic control. 

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"A momentous e-book which i believe is destined to turn into a vintage within the class of scholarly narcotic books."
—Claude Brown, writer of the bestseller, Manchild within the Promised Land.

"The drug literature is full of the stereotyped reviews of non-addicted, middle-class pundits who've had little direct touch with addicts.  those tales are reality.  Narcotic addicts of the internal towns are either difficult and delicate, misleading while useful and but usually generous--above all, intelligent judges of character.  whereas judging them, the clinician is additionally being judged."
—Vincent P. Dole, M.D., The Rockefeller Institute.

"What was once it prefer to be a narcotic addict through the Anslinger era?  No publication will most likely ever seem that provides a greater photograph than this one. . . . a singularly readable and informative paintings on a subject matter as a rule buried in clichés and stereotypes."
—Donald W. Goodwin, magazine of the yankee clinical Association

" . . . an immense contribution to the starting to be physique of literature that makes an attempt to extra essentially outline the character of drug habit. . . . [This ebook] will entice a various audience.  Academicians, politicians, and the overall reader will locate this method of drug habit super useful, insightful, and instructive. . . . with out qualification someone wishing to obtain a greater knowing of drug addicts and dependancy will take advantage of interpreting this book."
—John C. McWilliams, Pennsylvania journal of background and Biography

"This learn has a lot to claim to a normal viewers, in addition to these desirous about drug control."
—Publishers Weekly

"The authors' reviews are perceptive and the interviews make fascinating reading."
—John Duffy, magazine of yank History

"This ebook provides an important and infrequently compelling human measurement to the tale of drug use and legislations enforcement.  the cloth can be of serious price to different experts, resembling these attracted to the heritage of prepared crime and of outsiders in general."
—H. Wayne Morgan, magazine of Southern History

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—William M. Harvey, magazine of Psychoactive Drugs

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—Alan Block, magazine of Social History

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1. ~::? d~s;;;e:~i~:ueno Rican Addiction, 1945 to Date 1960 1965 -+-----1 1. 1946 to 1950, fairly heal) hahit~. 2. 1950 to Dale,\el) light habits. 1 1946 to Date, heroin addiction predominates. 's 4. Drug store robbefle~, thefh and Rx forgeries 3. Mexican opium. I 2. ~:::~an heroin (Califomia). :~;~:etr~~~~:~:;~r~ll~::. School 3. Turkish, Lebanese, Svrian and Italian hcrum. 4. ucasJao and Chinese. --+--- Addiction, 1900-1945 I. Chinese opium smoking. 2. Civiiwaropiurn eater~. 3. Invention and useoflhe hypodermIC nl:edie 4.

To cope with decades of ever-tightening legal and economic strictures they had to be organized and tenacious, or exceptionally well connected. They were a select group; they were the survivors. Their addiction was of a paradoxical sort. 64 These addicts were "in the life," but not entirely of it. Considered as subcultural history, there is thus a measure of bias in this collection of narratives. Three groups are missing or underrepresented: the "chippy users," or dilettantes; regular users who became addicted but then kicked and remained abstinent; and the dope fiends who shot up everything they could lay their hands on.

I had plenty. I didn't have no sick days. I didn't have nobody running off with my money or giving me no bad stuff. . Drugs never killed nobody. All you've got to do is to get plenty of them. Drugs preserve you. But when you've got to be sick, and dissipating, and don't eat, and you're cattin' in 31 32 ADDICTS WHO SURVIVED them abandoned houses, winter and summer, you're calling for death. But I had a pretty good life; drugs and everything else I needed, I always had. I have never begged for cotton in my life, and everybody who knows me knows it.

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