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High: Drugs, Desire, and a Nation of Users
Walker, Ingrid
University of Washington / Softcover / 2017-10-01 / 0295742321
Recovery / Adult Children of Alcoholics / Social & Political Issues
price: $45.00 (may be subject to change)
224 pages
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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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