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The Rufus King Collection


The Drug Hang-Up

America's Fifty Year Folly

by Rufus King,  1972

Published and Distributed throughout the World by CHARLES C THOMAS - PUBLISHER Bannerstone House 301-327 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, Illinois, U.S.A.

ISBN 0-398-03071-5 (paper)  - Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 75-398 1 0  

First Printing, 1972 Second Printing, 1974

Table of Contents

1. Senator Hughes' Friendly Anger

2. From Our Pusher Ancestors to the First Prohibitionists

3. The Sensible Century and Mr. Harrison's Tax Act

4. Hysterical Beginnings

5. Enforcers Versus Healers

6. Dr. Behrman, Dr. Linder, and the High Court

7. Dr. Ratigan's Lonely Battle

8. Congressman Coffee and His Slender Company

9. Mephistopheles and Pot

10. The Weed of Madness and the Little Flower

11. Smearing Mary Jane

12. Balancing the Grass Account

13. Chairman Kefauver and the Mafia Myth

14. Lawyers, Doctors, and Senator Daniel

15. New York, September 1955

16. The Narcotic Control Act of 1956

17. Follow-the-Leader in State Capitols

18. ABA-AMA, No Match for HJA

19. The National Institutes Symposium

20. The British and Other "Systems"

21. Proselytizing the World

22. The White House Conference, 1962-63

23. Advice from a Commission

24. Rehabilitation, from Nothing to NARA

25. Dangerous Drugs: Here We Go Againl

26. Drug-Abuse Control, 1965

27. And Now, D-Men

28. The 1970 Act: Don't Sit There, Amend Something

29. The Bad Scene Today

30. So, What's Right?

Chronology, References, Citations, and Sources Index

'The oppression of crowns and principalities is unquestionably over, but the more frightful oppres-sion of selfish, ruthless, and merciless majorities may yet constitute one of the chapters of future history."

-Peter S. Grosscup Judge, U. S. District Court, Illinois 1894

"I had to operate courts for sixteen years in a way that I cannot justify. I could not help realizing in the course of my experience that the legal approach to drug addiction has become just about the most absurd and vicious operation that man can imagine."

-John M. Murtagh Justice, New York Supreme Court 1971