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By Toby Seddon

Why are a few psychoactive ingredients considered as ‘dangerous drugs’, to be managed by means of the felony legislations inside an international prohibition regime, while others – from alcohol and tobacco, via to these we name ‘medicines’ – are obvious and controlled very differently? A historical past of Drugs strains a family tree of the development and governance of the ‘drug challenge’ during the last 2 hundred years, calling into query probably the most primary principles during this box: from ‘addiction’ to the very proposal of ‘drugs’. on the middle of the booklet is the declare that it was once with the emergence within the past due eighteenth century of contemporary liberal capitalism, with its specified emphasis on freedom, that our matters in regards to the intake of a few of those ingredients started to grow. And, certainly, notions of freedom, unfastened will and accountability stay important to the drug query this present day. Pursuing an cutting edge inter-disciplinary method, A background of Drugs presents an educated and insightful account of the origins of latest drug coverage. will probably be crucial analyzing for college kids and lecturers operating in legislations, criminology, sociology, social coverage, background and political science.

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