Children of the Drug War

August 1, 2011
Damon Barrett, Editor

Children of the Drug War is a collection of original essays that investigates the impacts of the war on drugs on children, young people and their families.

The full book and each of its four sections are available for free download. It may also be read online.

Our Right to Drugs: The Case for a Free Market

Thomas Szasz
Syracuse University Press. April 1996.

In this book author and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz argues that the government's attempt to control what drugs people can and cannot put into their own body, and under what circumstances, is futile, does more harm than good, and violates fundamental rights.

Saying Yes

Jacob Sullum
Tarcher. May 2004.

In this book author Jacob Sullum makes a powerful case that science and other evidence overwhelmingly shows that most people who use drugs, whether it's alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, use it responsibly and never create a problem for themselves or others. The Washington Post calls it a "welcome departure from the choreographed outraged of the war on drugs."

Drugs and Democracy in Latin America: The Impact of U.S. Policy

Youngers, Coletta and Eileen Rosin
Washington Office on Latin America Special Report. Washington, D.C., November 2004: 1-5.

Although the US has spent more than $25 billion on international drug-control programs over the last two decades, it has failed to reduce the supply of cocaine and heroin entering the country. It has, however, succeeded in generating widespread, often profoundly damaging, consequences, most notably in Latin America and the Caribbean. The authors of Drugs and Democracy in Latin America offer a comprehensive review of US drug-control policies toward the region, assess the impact of those policies on democracy and human rights, and present detailed country and regional case studies.

An Analytic Assessment of U.S. Drug Policy

Boyum, David and Peter Reuter.
American Enterprise Institute Press, Washington D.C. 2005.

This book concludes that America's drug policy should be reoriented in several ways to be more effective.

The Limits of Supply-Side Drug Control

Peter Reuter
The Milken Institute Review. Santa Monica, CA. First Quarter 2001: 14-23.

Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice

Alexandra Natapoff
New York and London: New York University Press. 2009.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander

In this stunning and incisive critique, civil rights lawyer-turned-legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it.

Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol

November 15, 2003
Patt Denning PhD, Jeannie Little, Adina Glickman
The Guilford Press

Harm reduction is a framework for helping drug and alcohol users who cannot or will not stop completely_the majority of users_reduce the harmful consequences of use. Harm reduction accepts that abstinence may be the best outcome for many but relaxes the emphasis on abstinence as the only acceptable goal and criterion of success. Instead, smaller incremental changes in the direction of reduced harmfulness of drug use are accepted. This book shows how these simple changes in emphasis and expectation have dramatic implications for improving the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

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