New PDF release: Addicts who Survived: An Oral History of Narcotic Use in
By David T. Courtwright
The authors hire the recommendations of oral heritage to penetrate the nether international of the drug person, giving us an engrossing portrait of existence within the drug culture in the course of the "classic" period of strict narcotic regulate. compliment for the hardcover version: "A momentous e-book which i think is destined to develop into a vintage within the classification of scholarly narcotic books."--Claude Brown, writer of the bestseller, Manchild within the Promised Land. "The drug literature is stuffed with the stereotyped evaluations of non-addicted, middle-class pundits who've had little direct touch with addicts. those tales are truth. Narcotic addicts of the internal towns are either difficult and delicate, misleading while helpful and but frequently generous--above all, sensible judges of personality. whereas judging them, the clinician is usually 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 ebook will most likely ever seem that offers a greater photo than this one. . . . a singularly readable and informative paintings on a topic in most cases buried in cliches and stereotypes."--Donald W. Goodwin, magazine of the yankee clinical organization " . . . a major contribution to the growing to be physique of literature that makes an attempt to extra basically outline the character of drug dependancy. . . . [This ebook] will attract a various viewers. Academicians, politicians, and the final reader will locate this method of drug habit tremendous necessary, insightful, and instructive. . . . with no qualification somebody wishing to procure a greater realizing of drug addicts and habit will take advantage of analyzing this book."--John C. McWilliams, Pennsylvania journal of heritage and Biography "This examine has a lot to assert to a normal viewers, in addition to these occupied with drug control."--Publishers Weekly "The authors' reviews are perceptive and the interviews make attention-grabbing reading."--John Duffy, magazine of yank background "This publication provides a necessary and sometimes compelling human size to the tale of drug use and legislation enforcement. the cloth can be of significant price to different experts, akin to these drawn to the heritage of geared up crime and of outsiders in general."--H. Wayne Morgan, magazine of Southern historical past "This publication represents an important and worthy addition to the modern substance abuse literature. . . . this booklet offers findings from a singular and remarkably creative study method in a cogent and incredibly informative manner."--William M. Harvey, magazine of Psychoactive medications "This is an effective and demanding booklet choked with new info containing provocative parts often introduced forth during the touching information of non-public adventure. . . . there isn't any recollection which is not of intrinsic price and lots of aspect to concerns rarely broached in additional traditional studies."--Alan Block, magazine of Social background
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It was also apparent that these men and women could not go on defying the actuarial tables much longer. So the agency decided to sponsor an oral history project. In May 1980 a team of interviewers, consisting of a historian (David Courtwright) and a sociologist (Herman Joseph), began arranging and taping interviews. A social psychologist (Don Des Jarlais) took part in a number of interviews and helped to coordinate the project. Our research strategy was straightforward. Using computer printouts, we identified those clinics serving patients over the age of sixty.
Continued exposure, persistent discrimination, and progressive familial breakdown assured that subsequent generations of urban blacks would also suffer high rates of addiction. What began as an epidemic among black youth in the late 19408 and 1950s has long since become endemic to the urban underclass. The growing involvement of blacks and Hispanics with narcotics, and the consequent racial transformation of the addict population, did not go INTRODUCTION unnoticed in high places. Anslinger himself emphasized this development.
Before World War II white opium smokers were a breed apart, a self-consciously elite group. Show-business personalities, underworld notables, musicians, confidence men, chorus girls, politicians, and assorted high rollers would gather in posh apartments or hotels, recline on mattresses, and take turns passing the communal pipe. These were people who possessed money and style, and they in no way identified with or shared the lifestyles of heroin addicts. "We never bothered with the needle users," recalled one smoker, a prostitute who earned up to $900 a week.