White market drugs : big pharma and the hidden history of addiction in America / David Herzberg
- Herzberg, David L. (David Lowell)
- Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
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- Physical Description:
- 365 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Introduction -- The first crisis. Drug wars and white markets ; "Legitimate addicts" in the first drug war -- Preventing blockbuster opioids -- The second crisis. Opioids out, barbiturates in -- A new crisis and a new response -- White markets, under control -- The third crisis. White market apocalypse -- Conclusion : learning from the past.
- "The vast majority of American experiences with drugs and addiction in America take place in white markets, where the legal and medically approved and prescribed drugs change hands. Historian David Herzberg recovers the rich but largely forgotten history of these white markets, restoring some of the nation's most widely prescribed medicines to their proper role as central to the history of addiction and drug policy. White Market Drugs is the first book to set today's opioid crisis in its proper place in history. Today's crisis is the most recent of three major epidemics of addition to pharmaceuticals, and by turning back the clock, Herzberg uncovers the causes of previous crises and the efforts made to grapple with them. Brilliantly instructive, White Market Drugs forces us to rethink our most basic ideas about drug policy, and even about what addiction is. These ideas have been failing us catastrophically for over a century. Herzberg shows us why and provides a comprehensive policy solution"--
- 9780226731889 hardcover and 022673188X hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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