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ISBN-10: 1789145589
ISBN-13: 9781789145588
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 06/07/2022
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Opium’s Orphans: The 200-Year History of the War on Drugs

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Upending all we know about the war on drugs, a history of the anti-narcotics movement’s origins, evolution, and questionable effectiveness.

Opium’s Orphans is the first full history of drug prohibition and the “war on drugs.” A no-holds-barred but balanced account, it shows that drug suppression was born of historical accident, not rational design. The war on drugs did not originate in Europe or the United States, and even less with President Nixon, but in China. Two Opium Wars followed by Western attempts to atone for them gave birth to an anti-narcotics order that has come to span the globe. But has the war on drugs succeeded? As opioid deaths and cartel violence run rampant, contestation becomes more vocal, and marijuana is slated for legalization, Opium’s Orphans proposes that it is time to go back to the drawing board.

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"Opium's Orphans is that rare book which is thoroughly researched, well written, and engaging. It asks important questions of the global drug control regime by tracing its history from early Chinese prohibitions of opium to the present day. The final chapter shows how the regime is challenged by current developments, such as the legalization of cannabis, pharmaceutical industry-driven opioid epidemics, and extreme violence within some drug markets. Overall, it is a welcome contribution to the growing revisionist literature on the history of drug prohibition."–James Windle, lecturer in criminology, University College Cork, author of Suppressing Illicit Opium Production: Successful Intervention in Asia and the Middle East
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ISBN-10: 1789145589
ISBN-13: 9781789145588
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 06/07/2022
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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