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Author Benavie, Arthur.

Title Drugs : America's holy war / Arthur Benavie
Published New York : Routledge, 2009

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Description x, 178 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents Background -- Overview -- The birth of the drug war -- Damage from the drug war -- Crime -- Public health -- Civil liberties -- Social cohesion -- Your tax dollars at work -- The federal government's case for the drug war -- The perception of the drug czars -- The czars defend the drug war -- The White House versus the scientists on marijuana dangers -- The czars versus the scientists on cocaine and heroin -- Beyond the drug war -- Harm reduction instead of war -- Legalizing marijuana -- Reforming the laws on hard drugs -- Questions and answers
Summary From the Publisher: "Using the best scientific evidence, Drugs: America's Holy War explores the impact and cost of America's "War on Drugs"-both in public spending and in human terms. Is it possible that US drug policies are helping to proliferate, not prevent, a multitude of social ills including: homicide, property crime, the spread of AIDS, the contamination of drugs, the erosion of civil liberties, the punishment of thousands of non-violent people, the corruption of public officials, and the spending of billions of tax dollars in an attempt to prevent certain drugs from entering the country?" Arthur Benavie analyzes the research findings and argues that an end to the "War on Drugs," much as we ended alcohol prohibition, would yield enormous international benefits, destroy dangerous and illegal drug cartels, and allow the American government to refocus its attention on public well-being
Notes "Simultaneously published in the UK by Routledge."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [158]-172) and index
Subject Drug abuse -- Government policy -- United States.
Drug control -- United States.
Drug legalization -- United States.
Social problems -- United States.
LC no. 2008024012
ISBN 0789038404 hardback
9780789038401 hardback
0789038412 paperback
9780789038418 paperback
Other Titles America's holy war