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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Key insights from Johann Hari's

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs


Key insights from Johann Hari's

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

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Experience the hidden history and devastating consequences of America’s drug policies.

The War on Drugs is older and more complex than you might realize. In this Snapshot, you’ll learn the overlooked history of America’s drug policies, and why criminalization only leads to racism and violence. You’ll also learn about the psychological dimensions of addiction, and why compassion and empathy are more effective than shame and incarceration.

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are interested in the War on Drugs
  • Want to learn more about the psychological causes of addiction
  • Feel concerned about the efficacy of criminalization and zero-tolerance strategies
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Introduction

Government policies and cultural values provoke very specific reactions to drug use: Treat addicts as criminals. Repress the urge to use. Confront the addict and shame his choices. Do whatever you can to coerce the addict into quitting.

But is a zero-tolerance approach to drug use really an appropriate response? Does breaking the physical dependence on a substance really help an addict quit, or does it simply create a rest between relapses? Has criminalization done anything to influence drug addiction, or does it merely succeed in reinforcing racial discrimination and raising...

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