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By David T. Courtwright

The authors hire the concepts of oral heritage to penetrate the nether global of the drug consumer, giving us an engrossing portrait of existence within the drug culture through the "classic" period of strict narcotic keep an eye on. compliment for the hardcover version: "A momentous ebook which i think is destined to develop into a vintage within the class of scholarly narcotic books."--Claude Brown, writer of the bestseller, Manchild within the Promised Land. "The drug literature is stuffed with the stereotyped evaluations of non-addicted, middle-class pundits who've had little direct touch with addicts. those tales are fact. Narcotic addicts of the internal towns are either tricky and mild, misleading while worthwhile and but usually generous--above all, intelligent judges of personality. whereas judging them, the clinician can be being judged."--Vincent P. Dole, M.D., The Rockefeller Institute. "What used to be it wish to be a narcotic addict through the Anslinger period? No booklet will most likely ever look that offers a greater photo than this one. . . . a singularly readable and informative paintings on a topic typically buried in cliches and stereotypes."--Donald W. Goodwin, magazine of the yankee clinical organization " . . . a huge contribution to the transforming into physique of literature that makes an attempt to extra in actual fact outline the character of drug dependancy. . . . [This ebook] will attract a various viewers. Academicians, politicians, and the final reader will locate this method of drug dependancy tremendous invaluable, insightful, and instructive. . . . with out qualification somebody wishing to obtain a greater figuring out of drug addicts and habit will make the most of examining this book."--John C. McWilliams, Pennsylvania journal of historical past and Biography "This examine has a lot to claim to a normal viewers, in addition to these interested by drug control."--Publishers Weekly "The authors' reviews are perceptive and the interviews make fascinating reading."--John Duffy, magazine of yankee heritage "This ebook provides a necessary and sometimes compelling human measurement to the tale of drug use and legislation enforcement. the cloth can be of significant price to different experts, resembling these attracted to the heritage of geared up crime and of outsiders in general."--H. Wayne Morgan, magazine of Southern background "This ebook represents an important and priceless addition to the modern substance abuse literature. . . . this ebook provides findings from a singular and remarkably creative study process in a cogent and really informative manner."--William M. Harvey, magazine of Psychoactive medications "This is an efficient and demanding ebook packed with new info containing provocative parts frequently introduced forth in the course of the touching info of non-public adventure. . . . there is no such thing as a recollection which is not of intrinsic worth and lots of element to concerns not often broached in additional traditional studies."--Alan Block, magazine of Social heritage

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So were their children, particularly those who had left school, were out of work, could scrounge a buck, and spent their time on the street. The result could easily have been predicted: a growing incidence of black heroin addiction, particularly among the traditional high-risk group of single males in their late teens or early twenties. To say that such an event was predictable is not to indulge in historical hindsight. There was ample precedent for what happened to the black urban community. It had happened before to other immigrants living in the same or similar neighborhoods.

One problem with any finite collection of narratives has to do with their representativeness. How typical are the remembered experiences and feelings of a given group of inter- 29 30 ADDICTS WHO SURVIVED viewees? This question is raised in a particularly interesting way by our study. 60 Did the fact that they were old, using methadone, and living in New York make them unrepresentative of narcotic users in the classic era? The answer is yes and no. Begin with the problem oflocation. Although several of the interviewees had traveled extensively, most had lived in New York City for many years; some had lived there all their lives and had the accents to prove it.

Finally, there was the permanence of the black ghetto. Many of the white urban immigrants and their descendants were able to distance themselves from the tenements, moving to better quarters in safer neighborhoods and eventually to the suburbs. New York City's Jews, for example, went from Manhattan's chaotic Lower East Side, to Brooklyn and the Bronx, to Long Island, Westchester County, and New Jersey. Each step took them further away from the primary illicit narcotic markets; indeed, to distance themselves from drugs and crime was one of the reasons suburbanites moved in the first place.

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