Drug Warriors and Their Prey: From Police Power to Police State

By Richard Lawrence Miller | Go to book overview

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IDENTIFICATION

Is nazism a German problem only? Is its menace over for the world at large, both as an instrumentality of Germany's national politics and as a supra-national appeal to the meanest in human nature? . . .

Are the Jews the only minority that is threatened by nazism and all it stands for? Is it too academic to ask: what minority is next to be singled out--or is it a group that is still to be molded into and elevated to the rank of a minority?

Max Weinreich, 19461

If we wish to destroy drug users we must detect them. In the United States during the 1990s, characteristics of drug users were popularly considered so blatant as to make detection simple. But in this chapter we shall find that characteristics of drug users are not blatant at all. Indeed, in most cases their behavior is so indistinguishable from that of other citizens that police are often unable to detect a drug user without removing and analyzing part of the person's body. Such means of detection implies that popular images of drug users are stereotypical instead of accurate. Decades of scientific research verify that implication. Drug users look and act like everyone else.


HOW SCIENCE DESCRIBES DRUG USERS

Legal status of a drug has little relation to its effects. Alcohol is one of the most powerful intoxicants. Yet it is legally available to adults, where the far milder drug marijuana is forbidden. Nicotine falls within scientific criteria describing Schedule I controlled substances, which are forbidden even for medical use in hospitals, and tobacco smoking kills far more persons than do all

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • PREFACE: THE DESTRUCTION PROCESS ix
  • 1 - Identification 1
  • 2 - Ostracism 35
  • 3 - Confiscation 91
  • 4- CONCENTRATION 143
  • 5 - Annihilation 163
  • Coda: The Creation of Utopia 189
  • SOURCES 235
  • Index 251
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