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Drug Crime The Consequences of Hypocrisy The Pharmacology of Drugs An example of cocaine using mothers vs non-cocaine using mothers Cocaine using Mothers -Cocaine using mothers are almost invariably tobacco smokers and alcohol users as well -The illness of children of such mothers is from alcohol and tobacco use -How does one separate the distinct impact of cocaine on the fetus -Upper class women who smoke during pregnancy do not receive the attention of the police like cocaine using mother do Addiction -Alexander Hadaway Coambs 1988 decided to compare opiate consumption of rats in different environments They found that rats in a free environment resisted the narcotic while caged rats ate plenty of it When the addicted rats were set out in a free environment they again consumed the narcotic -Once an Addict Always an Addict myth studies show that drug use can be quit once this happens the person is not necessarily going to crave the drug they quit -Bourgois Lettiere Quesada 1997 did a study on homeless heroin addicts living in San Francisco The study found that when the warned of the risks of sharing needles most disregarded the information even if the shared with someone HIV positive Drug Policy -The US Federal Narcotics Laws were originally revenue matters -The Harrison Act of 1914 was passed to make drug distribution a matter of record There was no intent for this act to deny addicts access to legal drugs nor did this act make addiction a crime it simply required that the handling of drugs become a matter of record -Court decision influenced policy In 1915 The US Supreme Court ruled that possession of illegal drugs by an addict was a crime Thus a new category of criminals has been created -Harry Anslinger founded and directed the Federal Bureau of Narcotics He believed that drug addicts were bad people clearly criminal should be prosecuted -Colonel CHL Sharman
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