224 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
21 b&w illus.
Drugs, Desire, and a Nation of Users
University of Washington Press
North Americans love to indulge in psychoactive substances to enhance or manage their moods. Whether with caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, energy drinks, pharmaceuticals, or street drugs, users participate in a culture of self-medication and pleasure. A “drug-free America” seems to be a fantasyland that most do not want to inhabit. High considers a fundamental question about drug policy and social norms: Why do we endorse the use of some drugs while criminalizing the use of others? This book addresses ideological divisions in research, policy, and cultural norms to fill in a bigger picture of drug use practices.
Ingrid Walker is an associate professor of American studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma.
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