Drug Addiction and Drug Policy: The Struggle to Control Dependence

Drug Addiction and Drug Policy: The Struggle to Control Dependence

Hardback Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative (Hardcover)

Edited by Philip B. Heymann, Edited by William N. Brownsberger, Contributions by David Boyum, Contributions by Jonathan P. Caulkins, Contributions by Gene M. Heyman, Contributions by Mark A. R. Kleiman, Contributions by Mark H. Moore, Contributions by Peter Reuter, Contributions by Sally L. Satel, Contributions by George E. Vaillant


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  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 244mm x 25mm | 587g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674003276
  • ISBN 13: 9780674003279
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 10 line illustrations, 7 tables
  • Sales rank: 1,684,227

Product description

This book is the culmination of five years of impassioned conversations among distinguished scholars in law, public policy, medicine, and biopsychology, about the most difficult questions in drug policy and the study of addictions. As these intensely argued chapters show, the obvious answers are always alluring but frequently wrong. Do drug addicts have an illness, or is their addiction under their control? Should they be treated as patients, or as criminals? Challenging the conventional wisdom in both the psychiatric community and the enforcement community, the authors show the falsity of these standard dichotomies. They argue that the real question is how coercion and support can be used together to steer addicts toward a productive life.

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Author information

Philip Heymann is James Barr Ames Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. William N. Brownsberger is Associate Director for Public Policy at the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School. Gene M. Heyman is a research psychologist at McLean Hospital and a Lecturer in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Mark H. Moore is Hauser Professor of Nonprofit Organizations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Herbert A. Simon Professor of Education, Management, and Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has also been a Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. George E. Vaillant is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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There couldn't be a better selection of American authors on this tortured subject than the authors assembled here, every one a recognized scholar with years of experience. They write with clarity and candor. They reach conclusions. They make sense. What a refreshing experience!--Thomas C. Schelling, School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland

Table of contents

Introduction: Drug Policy with a New Focus Philip B. Heymann 1 Toward a Balanced Drug-Prevention Strategy: A Conceptual Map Mark H. Moore 2 Drug Users and Drug Dealers William N. Brownsberger 3 Is Addiction a Chronic, Relapsing Disease? Gene M. Heyman 4 Is Drug Addiction a Brain Disease? Sally L. Satel 5 If Addiction Is Involuntary, How Can Punishment Help? George E. Vaillant 6 Controlling Drug Use and Crime with Testing, Sanctions, and Treatment Mark A. R. Kleiman 7 Limits on the Role of Testing and Sanctions William N. Brownsberger 8 How Should Low-Level Drug Dealers Be Punished? Jonathan P. Caulkins and Philip B. Heymann 9 Reflections on Drug Policy and Social Policy David Boyum and Peter Reuter Postscript Philip B. Heymann Contributors