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Saying yes : in defense of drug use, Jacob Sullum

Label
Saying yes : in defense of drug use
Title
Saying yes
Title remainder
in defense of drug use
Statement of responsibility
Jacob Sullum
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The contradiction between what the government says and what drug users know has become increasingly difficult to maintain in recent years. During the Clinton Administration, the government continued to arrest people, at a rate of about 700,000 a year, for doing (or helping others do) what the president had joked about on MTV. "Drugs will destroy you," George W. Bush told audiences during his campaign for the 2000 Republican nomination, all the while presenting a living refutation of that claim. Even Attorney General John Ashcroft, who abstains from alcohol and tobacco on religious grounds, explained his support of the beer industry while a Missouri senator this way: "It's a product that is in demand. And when it's used responsibly, it's like other products." The central premise of Saying Yes is that illegal drugs, used responsibly by millions of Americans, can rightly be viewed the same way." "Jacob Sullum builds a case for drug use as a legitimate and responsible choice made by respected people from all walks of life. Saying Yes shows that excess is the exception among drug users, just as it is among drinkers, and refutes "voodoo pharmacology"--The idea that drugs make people do evil. The book goes to the roots of Western attitudes toward intoxication with a surprising recapitulation of traditional religious and ethical ideas endorsing temperance rather than abstinence as the right approach to psychoactive substances." "Emphasizing controlled use may strike some as insensitive, if not irresponsible. After all, many people do have serious problems with drugs, problems that disrupt their lives and cause anguish to their families and friends. But Saying Yes argues that the conventional understanding of addiction, which portrays it as a kind of chemical slavery that is virtually inevitable once someone starts using a drug, is fundamentally misleading. Surveying the data on drugs such as heroin, crack, and methamphetamine, Sullum shows that government agencies, anti-drug activists, and the news media have grossly exaggerated the power of these substances." "Many people are willing to concede that the war on drugs has been a failure, and a growing number of citizens are openly calling for reform. But reformers will make little progress as long as they agree with the defenders of the status quo that drug use is always wrong. The assumption that some drugs cannot be used responsibly is one of the biggest obstacles to serious reform. Saying Yes rejects the idea that there is something inherently wrong with using chemicals to alter one's mood or mind, arguing that the black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinking that has long dominated discussions of illegal drug use should give way to a wiser, subtler approach with deep roots in Western culture."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sullum, Jacob
Dewey number
362.29/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
HV5825
LC item number
.S845 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Drug abuse
  • Drug abuse surveys
  • Drug utilization
  • Drug legalization
Label
Saying yes : in defense of drug use, Jacob Sullum
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 100
  • Chapter 4
  • Crazy, Man
  • 136
  • Chapter 5
  • Random Sex Acts
  • 168
  • Chapter 6
  • Killer Drugs
  • 192
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 7
  • Too Good
  • 221
  • Chapter 8
  • Body and Soul
  • 249
  • Conclusion: Managing Moderation
  • 271
  • Chemical Reactions
  • 31
  • Chapter 2
  • Strong Drink
  • 54
  • Chapter 3
  • Going Nowhere
Control code
50906209
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9781585422272
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002040919
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Saying yes : in defense of drug use, Jacob Sullum
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-332) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 100
  • Chapter 4
  • Crazy, Man
  • 136
  • Chapter 5
  • Random Sex Acts
  • 168
  • Chapter 6
  • Killer Drugs
  • 192
  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 7
  • Too Good
  • 221
  • Chapter 8
  • Body and Soul
  • 249
  • Conclusion: Managing Moderation
  • 271
  • Chemical Reactions
  • 31
  • Chapter 2
  • Strong Drink
  • 54
  • Chapter 3
  • Going Nowhere
Control code
50906209
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9781585422272
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002040919
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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