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History of drug laws

Series: Letters to the Editor | Story 25

Those who think tougher drug laws will solve the drug problem need to learn the relevant history and economics. For fifty-six years (1915-1971) America was alone in drug prohibition, while Europe stayed with legal drugs. It was America that developed the drug problem. (Drug Addicts Are Human Beings, by Henry Smith Williams, MD, 1929; The Drug Hang-up, Rufus King, 1972; and Agency of Fear, by Edward Jay Epstein, 1977)

Doctors used to keep their patients’ habits stabilized. Their patients continued to be successful in their marital, professional, and civic pursuits.(Williams)

Economics explains...


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