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Author Malleck, Dan, 1968- author

Title When good drugs go bad : opium, medicine, and the origins of Canada's drug laws / Dan Malleck
Published Vancouver : UBC Press, 2015
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Contents Introduction : its baneful influences -- 1. Medicating Canada before regulation -- 2. Opium in nineteenth-century medical knowledge -- 3. Canada's first drug laws -- 4. Chinese opium smoking and threats to the nation -- 5. Medicine, addiction, and ideas of nation -- 6. Madness and addiction in the asylums of English Canada -- 7. Proprietary medicines and the nation's health -- 8. Regulating proprietary medicine -- 9. Drug laws and the creation of illegality -- Conclusion : baneful influences
Summary "Throughout the 1800s, opium and cocaine could be easily obtained to treat a range of ailments in Canada. Dependency, when it occurred, was considered a matter of personal vice. Near the end of the century, attitudes shifted and access to drugs became more restricted. How did this happen? In this intoxicating history, Dan Malleck examines the conditions that lead to Canada's current drug laws. Drawing on newspaper accounts, medical and pharmacy journals, professional association records, asylum records, physician case books, and pharmacy records, Malleck demonstrates how a number of social, economic, and cultural forces converged in the early 1900s to influence lawmakers and criminalize addiction. His research exposes how social concerns about drug addiction had less to do with the long pipe and shadowy den than with lobbying by medical professionals, concern about the morality and future of the nation, and a growing pharmaceutical industry."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Drug addiction -- Economic aspects -- Canada -- History.
Drug addiction -- Social aspects -- Canada -- History.
Drug control -- Canada -- History.
Drugs -- Law and legislation -- Canada -- History.
Medicine -- Canada -- History.
Narcotic laws -- Canada -- History.
Opium abuse -- Law and legislation -- Canada -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0774829214 (electronic bk)
0774829222 (epub)
9780774829212 (electronic bk)
9780774829229 (epub)