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Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out

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First Published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Paperback, 268 pages
Published January 27th 2000 by Routledge (first published December 29th 1999)
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Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who opposed drug legalization
Please read this book if you believe drugs should be illegal! It will change your mind.

In short, Gray argues that the impetus behind this nation's prohibition on drugs wasn't science, wasn't facts, wasn't common sense - it was racism, fear mongering, bullying, and lies. That was news to me. He also makes an argument that, for me, is glaringly obvious - that the drug war is a complete waste; that drugs should have never been made illegal in the first place; that most of the problems we associate
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody!
This is a pretty entertaining book about the history of our drug war and prohibition. Although I knew most of the things in it already, the author wrote about it in an engaging way and I learned a lot of new stuff anyway. The way the author ties these times to the era of alcohol prohibition is especially enlightening, as well as the explanations of how smarter countries have dealt with the situation. The author also explains how the drug war now reaches into a huge amount of lives, both as a bas ...more
Kathleen Molyneaux
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well written and it definitely highlights the problems with the 'war on drugs'. It is amazing how much of the current US drug policy appears to be derived from made-up numbers and political expediency. However, I am not sure if the author is balanced in their view of the medical establishment. The book lauds doctors who have been involved in harm reduction (appropriately), but never once mentions doctors feeding habits (particularly in regards to celebrities). Thus, the proposed solution (i.e., ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting book, material a little dated since it came out in 1998, but easy to understand for an avid fan of The Wire, as the author talks about the ports and the buy bust mentality of law enforcement. (And there was an experiement to push all drug use to one particular area, you don't say? Probably where David Simon got the idea.) The author had a very measured solution in mind for curbing America's out of control drug problem. I expected that by the end of the book he would be calling for co ...more
Robin Haworth
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
One might expect that a book written almost twenty years ago on the drug war would be relatively out-of-date today. The fact that it isn't is yet another data point in defense of the claims of the book. Despite the massive amounts of money and political capital spent on the drug war, things don't change. "Drug Crazy" is not an argument that drugs are not as bad for you as you think, but rather that, at this point in the war on drugs, the cure is worse than the disease. Though the book is merely ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good. Good facts and figures about the drug war, although the style it was written in wasn't always compelling. There are other books that do a better job of keeping the reader engaged.

I do recommend this to anyone willing to read about the subject, though. It wasn't too difficult to read, seemed to be pretty well footnoted, and for the most part kept its tone pretty professional, although some snark did sneak in (in well justified places however).

Good overall book, nothin
David Ward
Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess & How We Can Get Out by Mike Gray (Random House 1998) (363.45). Here is an interesting recounting of the history of America's drug laws along with the personalities and policies that have led to our current state of laws and law enforcement. From Harry Anslinger through Prohibition and on into the Reagan and Bush administrations, the players and their errors are all here. The answer to our current dilemma: look to Amsterdam! My rating: 7/10, finished 1/2 ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Xochitl by: Public Library
Despite reading a 1998 edition, I consider it a good book. It helped me get the picture of when and how DRUGS became a "problem" for US. I think the analogy the author makes with the history of alcohol Prohibition, helps understand how the "drug problem" is growing and why. I definitely believe that Mr Gray's theory makes sense. More than 20 years later, I think this book would only need a chapter with the latest facts to complete the story of a problem that stll has not been solved.
Mark Slee
Absolutely fascinating account of the history behind America's prohibitionist drug laws. This information in this book is very well researched and presented. It doesn't come across as too prescriptive, though makes it painstakingly clear that almost all our current policies were enacted either in the absence of data or in direct opposition to it. Also, and perhaps most importantly, it clearly lays out the systemic racial injustice that is the result of current policies.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Wow! This book is a must read. There is so much valuable information in here, it is a bit overwhelming, but you will be astounded by this text. It is pretty amazing to see all of the different views of different people who fought against or with the Drug war. I had never heard of the term "drug war" before until I read this book, and I am shocked that was the case.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Might write a review later. Hard to review because it's definitely outdated but that's not the author's fault and despite that there is a ton of interesting insights concerning the origins of our drug laws.
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Prescient 2000 novel with some very deep bits on the legislative history of drug laws, which as I'm sure most literate folks acknowledge, were not so much based on empirical data as much as they were based on whatever the opposite of empiric data is.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I learned so much about the creation of drug policy in the United States and it terrified me. Discussed several other countries approach to addiction management. In my opinion we could take some cues from the Dutch and the British. Really informative and engaging text.
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic...really thought-provoking.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is important! Please read!
Dec 14, 2008 marked it as to-read
just picked this up off my mom's shelf...something I wouldn't normally read, so I'm giving it a chance!
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
interesting perspective and a solution for the drug war that is currently gripping out country
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome, If you can, give it a try.
Nov 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sure makes you think about thinks.
Prattle On, Boyo
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The dirty truth behind why the American government keeps certain drugs illegal and others legal.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Had to read for World History class
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