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Containing Addiction

The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Origins of America's Global Drug War

Matthew R. Pembleton (author)

ISBN: 9781625343161

Publication Date: Jan 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

The story of America's "War on Drugs" usually begins with Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan. In Containing Addiction, Matthew R. Pembleton argues that its origins instead lie in the years following World War II, when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics began to depict drug control as a paramilitary conflict and sent agents abroad to disrupt the flow of drugs to American shores.
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The story of America's "War on Drugs" usually begins with Richard Nixon or Ronald Reagan. In Containing Addiction, Matthew R. Pembleton argues that its origins instead lie in the years following World War II, when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics - the country's first drug control agency, established in 1930 - began to depict drug control as a paramilitary conflict and sent agents abroad to disrupt the flow of drugs to American shores.

U.S. policymakers had long viewed addiction and organized crime as profound domestic and trans-national threats. Yet World War II presented new opportunities to implement drug control on a global scale. Skeptical of public health efforts to address demand, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics believed that reducing the global supply of drugs was the only way to contain the spread of addiction. In effect, America applied a foreign policy solution to a domestic social crisis, demonstrating how consistently policymakers have assumed that security at home can only be achieved through hegemony abroad. The result is a drug war that persists into the present day.
Language English
Pages 336
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jan 2018
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Series Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond
Subject/s Politics & Government   History of the Americas   Drugs trade / drug trafficking  
Matthew R. Pembleton is an author and historian based outside of Washington, DC.

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