Drug Trade & Abuse
(see also Marijuana, War on Drugs, Latin America: War on Drugs, Southeast Asia: War on Drugs & Drug Policy Reform)
Unnecessary Epidemic. Steve Suo, Portland Oregonian, (10/3-7/04). Brilliant investigative reporting on roles played by big pharma & FDA in recent proliferation of christal meth, consequences of the epidemic, & what to do about it.
On the Web: Specialized Sites
Drug Policy Alliance (formerly Lindesmith Center Drug Policy Foundation).
Drug War Facts. Seeks to correct misinformation about drugs and the "drug war" in the US.
Narconon Northern California. Information on cocaine abuse & methods for dealing with it.
Adshead, S.A.M. "The opium trade in Szechuan, 1881-1911," Journal of Southeast Asian History 7,2 (9/66).
Astorga, Luis. "Cocaine in Mexico: a prelude to 'los Narcos'," in Gootenberg (ed.) Cocaine: Global Histories (NY, 1999), pp. 183-91.
Berrigan, Darrell. "They smuggle dope by the ton," Saturday Evening Post (5/5/56).
Block, Alan A. "'European drug traffic & traffickers between the wars: the policy of suppression and its consequences," Journal of Social History 23 (11989):314-37.
Brant, Charles. "Capitalism & the 'war on drugs'," Monthly Review 41,9 (2/90):40-41.
Cordes, Helen. “Outfront,” Mother Jones (9/03):17-18. Children & pharmaceutical drugs.
Courtright, David T. "The rise & fall of cocaine in the US," in Goodman et al. (eds.) Consuming Habits: Drugs in History & Anthropology (London, 1995), chap. 10.
De Kort, Marcel. "The development of drug trade & drug control in the Netherlands, an historical perspective," Crime, Law & Social Change 17,1 (1992):123-44.
Foster, Anne L. "Models for governing: opium & colonial policies in Southeast Asia, 1898-1910," in J. Go & A. L. Foster (eds.) The American Colonial State in the Philippines: Global Perspectives (Durham NC: Duke, 2003), pp. 118-47.
Goldstein, Paul. "The drugs/violence nexus: a tripartite conceptual framework," Journal of Drug Issues 15 (1985).
Karnow, Stanley. "The opium must go through," Life (8/30/63).
Lee, Reensselaer III. "Dimensions of the South American cocaine industry," Journal of Inter-American Studies & World Affairs 30 (sum-fall 1988):127-42.
Manderson, Desmond. "Metamorphosis: clashing symbols in the social construction of drugs," Journal of Drug Issues 23,4 (1995):799-816.
Marchant, Leslie. "The wars of the poppies" History Today (5/02):42-49. New look at clash of values behind Anglo-Chinese Opium Wars.
Marks, Alexandra. "Steep rise in abuse of legal drugs," Christian Science Monitor (10/1/03):11.
Musto, David F. "Opium, cocaine & marihuana in American history," Scientific American (7/91):40-7.
O'Keeffe, Liv. "'Just say no' or 'Just say know'"? Sacramento, News & Review (6/13/02):13-14.
Quesada, James (with Philippe Bourgois & M. Lettiere). "Social misery & the sanctions of drug abuse," Social Problems 44,2 (1997):155-73.
Reinarman, Craig with D. Waldorf. "Addicts: everything but human beings," Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 4 (1975).
__________ with J. Watters & J. Fagan. "Causality, context & contingency: relationships between drug use & violent delinquency," Contemporary Drug Problems 12 (1985).
__________ with D. Waldorf & others. "Needle sharing among male prostitutes," Journal of Drug Issues 20 (1990).
__________ with S. Murphy & D. Waldorf. "Drifting into dealing: becoming a cocaine seller," Qualitative Sociology 13 (1991).
__________ & Harry G. Levine. "Crack in the rearview mirror: deconstructing drug war mythology," Social Justice 31,1-2 (2004):182-99.
__________. "Addiction as accomplishment: the discursive construction of disease," Addiction Research & Theory 13,4 (8/05):307-320.
Richey, Warren. "Limits of disability act tested," Christian Science Monitor (10/8/03):17.
Robbins, Joel. "The cul-de-sacs of crack [review of Bourgois, In Search of Respect], In These Times (1/8/96).
Rosenberg, Mark B. "Narcos & politicos: the politics of drug trafficking in Honduras," Journal of Interamerican Studies & World Affairs 30 (sum-fall 88):143-66.
Sabin, Katle. "Drugs & death," Sacramento News & Review (5/16/02):19. Death of teenager Nicole Ann Crowder sparks controversy over "drugs equal death" campaign.
Shedler, Jonathan & Jack Block. "Adolescent drug use & psychological health," American Psychologist 45 (1990).
Siegal, Ronald K. "Cocaine & the privileged class: a review of historical & contemporary images," Advances in Alcohol & Substance Abuse (1984):37-49.
Spence, Jonathan. "Opium smoking in Ch'ing China," in F. Wakeman & C. Grant (eds.) Conflict & Control in Late Imperial China (Berkeley: U. California, 1975), pp. 143-73.
Steiner, Roberto. "Colombia's income from the drug trade," World Development 26,6 (1998):1013-31.
Topik, Steve & Ken Pomeranz.
"The economic culture of drugs," in their The World that Trade
Created (Armonk NY, 1999), pp. 77-82.
Wilson, Samuel L. "Coffee, tea or opium?" Natural History (nov 1993):74-79.
Wittig, M.C.W. et al. "Substance abuse among street children in Honduras," Substance Use & Misuse 32,7-8 (1997):805-27.
In the Library: Non-Fiction Books
Ashley, Richard. Cocaine: Its History, Uses & Effects (NY, 1975).
Astorga, Luis. El siglo de las drogas: usos, percepciones, personajes (México, 1996).
Betancourt, Dario y Martha L. García. Contrabandistas, marimberos y mafiosos: historia social de la Mafia colombiana (1965-1992) (Bogotá, 1994).
Boon, Marcus. The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 2002).
Bourgois, Philippe. In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio  (2nd ed.; NY: Cambridge, 2002). Inside view of a criminal street culture.
Booth, Martin. Opium: A History (NY: St. Martin's, 1996).
Browning, Frank et al. Smack! (NY: Harper & Row, 1972).
Bruun, Kettil; Lynn Pan & Ingemar Rexed. The Gentlemen's Club: International Control of Drugs & Alcohol (Chicago: U. Chicago, 1975).
Burnham, John C. Bad Habits: Drinking, Smoking, Taking Drugs, Gambling, Sexual Misbehavior & Swearing in American History (NY, 1993).
Courtright, David T. Dark Paradise: Opiate Addiction in America before 1940 (Cambridge MA, 1982).
__________. Forces of Habit: Drugs & the Making of the Modern World (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 2001).
Curtis, Glenn E. & Tara Karacan. The Nexus among Terrorists, Narcotics Traffickers, Weapons Proliferators & Organized Crime Networks in Western Europe (Washington: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, 2002).
Davenport-Hines, Richard. The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics (NY: Norton, 2002).
Denton, Sally. The Bluegrass Conspiracy: An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs & Murder (NY: Doubleday, 1990).
De Quincy, Thomas. Confessions of an English Opium Eater (London: Oxford, 1902).
Edwards, Griffith & Virginia Berridge. Opium & the People: Opiate Use in 19th C. England (London: St. Martin's, 1981).
Epstein, Edward Jay. Agency of Fear: Opiates & Political Power in America  (2nd ed.; NY: Verso, 1977)
Escohotado, Antonio. Historia de las drogas (3 vols.; Madrid, 1989).
Flynn, John C. Cocaine: An In-Depth Look at the Facts, Science, History & Future of the World's Most Addictive Drug (NY, 1991).
Frey, James. A Little Million Pieces (NY: Broadway, 2003).
Friman, H. Richard & Peter Andreas (eds.) The Illicit Global Economy & State Power (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1999).
Gagliano, Joseph. Coca Prohibition in Peru: The Historical Debates (Tucson, 1994).
Gootenberg, Paul (ed.) Cocaine Histories: Constructing a Global Drug Menace, 1880-1980 (NY, 2000).
Grinspoon, L. & J. Bakalar . Cocaine: A Drug & its Social Evolution (NY, 1985).
Grob, Charles S. Hallucinogens: A Reader (NY: Tarcher/Putnam, 2002).
Harnoy, Geoffrey. Opiate Addiction, Morality & Medicine: From Moral Illness to Pathological Disease (London, 1988).
Hodgson, Barbara. Opium: A Portrait of the Heavenly Demon (San Francisco: Chronicle, 1999).
Hughes, John. The Junk Merchants: The International Narcotics Traffic (Boston: Christian Science Publishing Society, 1971).
Janin, Hunt. The India-China Opium Trade in the 19th C. (London: McFarland, 1999).
Jonnes, Jill. Hep-Cats, Narcs & Pipe Dreams: A History of Americas Romance with Illegal Drugs (Baltimore, 1999).
Kohn, Marek. Narcomania: On Heroin (London, 1985).
__________. Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground (London, 1992).
Lavigne, Yves. Good Guy, Bad Guy: Drugs & the Changing Face of Organized Crime (Toronto: Random House, 1991).
Lee, Martin A. & Bruce Shlain. Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: the CIA, the Sixties & Beyond  (rev. ed.; NY: Grove Weidenfeld, 1992).
MacCoun, Robert J. & Peter Reuter.
Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times & Places (Berkeley,
MacDonald, Scott B. Mountain High, White Avalanche: Cocaine & Power in the Andean States & Panama (NY: Praeger, 1989).
Manderson, Desmond. From Mr. Sin to Mr. Big: A History of Australian Drug Laws (Oxford, 1992).
Maran, Meredith. Dirty: A Search for Answers Inside America's Teenage Drug Epidemic (San Francisco: Harpers, 2003). Mother's memoir of working with drug-addicted teens.
McCoy, Alfred W., with Colleen B. Read & Leonard P. Adams II. The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (NY: Harper & Row, 1972); & completely rev. & updated version The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade (NY: Lawrence Hill, 1991).
Meyer, Kathryn & Terry Parssinen. Webs of Smoke: Smugglers, Warlords, Spies, & the History of the International Drug Trade (Lanham MD, 1998).
Morales, Edmundo. Cocaine: White Gold Rush in Peru (Tucson, 1989).
Morgan, H. Wayne. Drugs in America: A Social History, 1800-1900 (Syracuse, 1981).
Moscow, Alvin. Merchants of Heroine: An In-Depth Portrayal of Business in the Underworld (NY: Dial, 1968).
Mule, S.J. (ed.) Cocaine: Chemical, Biological, Clinical, Social & Treatment Aspects (Cleveland, 1976).
Murphy, Morgan F. & Robert H. Steele. The World Heroin Problem (Washington: US Govt. Printing Office, 1971).
Murphy-Lawless, Jo. Fighting Back: Women & the Impact of Drug Abuse on Families & Communities (Dublin: Liffey, 2002).
Olsen, Gwen. Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher: God's Call to Loving Arms (?: iUniverse, 2005). Critique of the role of Big Pharma in promoting prescription drug abuse, & contributing thereby to the multifaceted dysfunction of America's health care delivery system.
Pacini, Deborah & Christine Franquemont (eds.) Coca & Cocaine: Effects on People & Policy in Latin America (Ithaca, 1986).
Pendergast, Mark. For God, Country & Coca-Cola: The Unauthorized History of the World's Most Popular Soft Drink (NY, 1993), chaps. 1-4.
Pellerin, Cheryl. Trips. How How Hallucinogens Work in Your Brain (NY, 1998).
Phillips, Joel & R. Wynne (comps.) Cocaine: The Mystique & the Reality (NY, 1980).
Porter, Roy & Mikulás Teich (eds.) Drugs & Narcotics in History (Cambridge, 1995).
Reinarman, Craig & Harry G. Levine. Crack in America: Demon Drugs & Social Justice (Berkeley, 1998).
Rudgley, Richard. Essential Substances: A Cultural History of Intoxication in Society (NY, 1994).
Schlosser, Eric. Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs & Cheap Labor in the American Black Market (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003).
Spence, Jonathan. Opium Smoking in Ch'ing China (Honolulu: U. Hawaii, 1971).
Spillane, Joseph F. Cocaine. From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the U.S., 1884-1920 (Baltimore, 2000).
Stares, Paul B. Global Habit: The Drug Problem in a Borderless World (Washington, 1996).
Starks, Michael. Cocaine Fiends & Reefer Madness: An Illustrated History of Drugs in the Movies (NY, 1982).
Sterk, Claire E. Fast Lives: Women Who Use Crack Cocaine (Philadelphia, 1999).
Streatfield, Dominic. Cocaine (NY: Picador, 2003).
Taylor, Arnold H. American Diplomacy & the Narcotics Traffic, 1900-1939: A Study in International Humanitarian Reform (Durham NC: Duke, 1969).
Tonry, Michael & James Q. Wilson (eds.) Drugs & Crime (Chicago: U. Chicago, 1990).
Trocki, Carl A. Opium, Empire & the Global Political Economy. A Study of the Asian Opium Trade (NY: Routledge, 1999).
Wagner, David. The New Temperance: The American Obsession with Sin & Vice (Boulder, 1997).
Waldorf, Dan: C. Reinarman & S. Murphy. Cocaine Changes: The Experience of Using & Quitting (Philadelphia, 1991).
Walker, William III. Drug Control in the Americas (Albuquerque, 1981).
__________. Drug Control Policy:
Essays in Historical & Comparative Perspective (University Park PA,
__________ (comp.) Drugs in the Western Hemisphere: An Odyssey of Cultures in Conflict (Wilmington DE, 1996).
Webb, Gary. Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion (NY, 1998).
Zaitch, Damián. Trafficking Cocaine: Columbian Drug Entrepreneurs in the Netherlands (NY: Kluwer Law International, 2002).
Zimring, Franklin E. Drug, Set & Setting (New Haven: Yale, 1984).
In the Library: Fiction
Nelson Algren, The Man With the Golden Arm  (NY: Seven Stories, 1999).
In the Library: For Young Readers
In the Library: Poetry
In the Library: Drama
In the Library: Photography
"Blow" , dir. Ted Demme, 124m. In video stores. Story of pioneer American cocaine dealer George Jung.
"Cidade de Deus (City of God)" , dir. Fernando Meirelles, 130m. Brilliant portrayal of drug trade & its accompanying violence in Rio de Janeiro. In video stores.
"Heroina" , dir. Gerardo Herrero, 110m. Spanish feature about a Galician mother who responds to son's addiction by declaring war on dealers.
"Lines of Fire" , dir. Brian Beker, ?m. From First Run Features. Documentary on drug trade & insurgency in Burma's Golden Triangle.
"The Man With the Golden Arm" , dir. Otto Preminger, 119m. In video stores. Chicago heroine addict.
"Panic in Needle Park" , dir. Jerry Schatzberg, 109m. In video stores. Life & times of NY junkie in 60s.
"Traffic" , dir. Steven Soderbergh, 147m. In video stores.
"Traffik" , dir. Alistair Reid, 3 reels, 320m. In video stores. Much superior to the American imitation, with clear picture of international dimensions of trade.
"The Trip" , dir. Roger Corman, 85m. In video stores. Memoir of an LSD trip.