Suggested Reading

The best book on the subject of how societies classify drugs as good and evil is Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers by Thomas Szasz (Garden City, New York: Doubleday/Anchor, 1975). Szasz is a psychiatrist interested in the assumptions that lead people to call some kinds of behavior sick or wrong. His discussion of drugs and drug users as scapegoats is excellent.

A good general book on psychoactive drugs is Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Drugs of Abuse by Darryl S. Inaba and William E. Cohen (Ashland, Oregon: Cine-med, 1990). See also the pamphlet Drugs of Abuse: An Introduction to Their Actions et) Potential Hazards (9th revised edition, 1990) by Samuel Irwin, distributed by the Do It Now Foundation (P.O. Box 27568, Tempe, Arizona 85285).

A book written for junior-high and high-school students that gives a good overview of the subject is Mind Drugs (third edition) edited by Margaret O. Hyde (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974).

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