Addiction - Analysis

Books & Articles

  • Controversies in the Addictions Field Online book written by Ruth Engs: Analyzes major drug controversies from different perspectives, including minimum age laws, pregnancy and addiction, drug testing, and advertising
  • Drinking Dilemma U.S. News and World Report article suggests alternatives to abstinence in treating alcohol problems
  • DrugSense A "drug policy reading room" with essays critical of DARE, the drug war, and law enforcement approaches
  • Drug Policy Debate The Schaffer Library for Drug Policy, which opposes current "drug war" tactics, has compiled a list of debate manuals that have been formulated by "pro" and "con" organizations; includes the Drug Enforcement Administration debate manual
  • DrugText Extensive articles, books, and reports related to international drug policies and harm reduction
  • Drug Use as a Social Construct Online book written by Peter Cohen of the Centre for Drug Research, University of Amsterdam
  • Informing America's Policy on Illegal Drugs This 2001 book from the National Academy Press analyzes the drug war and its effect on treatment of drug users
  • Public Agenda: Illegal Drugs Set of articles laying out different perspectives on drug war debate
  • Schaffer Library of Drug Policy Extensive library on drugs and drug policy, takes an international perspective
  • Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site Website of controversial social psychologist who is critical of the disease model; numerous thought-provoking articles taking an experiential and environmental perspective to addiction
  • Thomas S. Szasz, M.D. Cybercenter for Liberty and Responsibility Site devoted to the writings of Dr. Szasz, who argues from a libertarian perspective that drug-taking is an issue of personal responsibility; site developed by Dr. Jeffrey Schaler


  • Center for AIDS Prevention Services: Needle Exchange Report Review of the latest findings in needle exchange programs
  • Drug Wars PBS Frontline series that examines the 30-year history of America's war on drugs. Reviews this $400 billion business from the perspectives of the "drug warriors" and buyers; includes transcripts, as well as a teacher guide
  • Global Drugs Trade This British Broadcasting Corporation special report details the multibillion dollar worldwide drug trade, estimating about 50 million drug users around the world; this site covers key aspects of production, trafficking, and use of drugs in different parts of the world
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