Academic journal article et Cetera

The Fix

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Fix

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Michael Massing. The Fix. New York Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Michael Massing points out that although hard core drug users, who he tells us are "disproportionately poor, unemployed, and members of minority groups," are only a fifth of total users, they consume three-fourths of the cocaine and heroin in the United States and are responsible for most of the pathological behavior that brings forth public calls for action. Massing believes if we could provide appropriate treatment to anyone in this population who wanted it, we could greatly diminish the national drug problem and the crime and illness that accompanies it.

The author makes powerful arguments to support this contention, and includes the fact that under the Nixon Administration the country made large strides in reducing the number of drug addicts who took heroin. The primary reason for Nixon's success was that he allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to set up a nationwide network of methadone clinics and other drug treatment facilities. Unfortunately, when Ronald Reagan came to power he cut back heavily on the federal drug treatment budget, which resulted in a much more exacerbated drug problem. In recent years, Massing tells us, the only federal official to make a genuine bid to revive the Nixon model and treat addicts humanely was President Clinton's ex-drug czar Lee Brown. …

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