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I Thesis and Literature Summary In our contemporary society the media constantly bombards us with horror stories about drugs like crack-cocaine From them and probably from no other source we learn that crack is immediately addictive in every case we learn that it causes corruption crazed violence and almost always leads to death The government tells us that we are busy fighting a war on drugs and so it gives us various iconic models to despise and detest we learn to stereotype inner-city minorities as being of drug-infested wastelands and we learn to witchhunt drug users within our own communities under the belief that they represent moral sin and pure evil I believe that these titles and ideals are preposterous and based entirely upon unnecessary and even detrimental ideals promoted by the government to achieve purposes other than those they claim In Craig Renarmans and Harry Levines article entitled The Crack Attack Politics and Media in Americas Latest Drug Scare the authors attempts to expose and to deal with some of the societal problems that have related from the over-exaggeration of crack-cocaine as an epidemic problem in our country Without detracting attention away from the serious health risks for those few individuals who do use the drug Renarman and Levine demonstrate how minimally detrimental the current epidemic actually is Early in the article the authors summarize crack-cocaines evolutionary history in the US They specifically discuss how the crack-related deaths of two star-athletes fist called wide-spread attention to the problem during the mid-1980s Since then the government has reportedly used crack-cocaine as a political scapegoat for many of the nations larger inner-city problems Thefts violence and even socioeconomic depression have been blamed on crack and according to what Reinarman and Levine imply-- this has been done wrongly so They assert that the government has invested considerably in studies whose results could be used to wage
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