DRUGGED AMERICA by Jonathan Harris


Age Range: 12 & up
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 Not a self-help book but an intriguing report on how we got into the international drug mess and our chances of getting out. Readers are told about different modi operandi among various gangs; drug houses, even in rural areas and small cities; the infuriating political constraints that have kept the drug war from even marginal success; and corruption among narcotics officers. They may be stunned at some of the smuggling methods, e.g. paddling on surfboards or stuffing goldfish with dope. If some of this highly informative inside view seems glamorous, it's balanced by sad stories of grandparents raising children, the relationship between crack and syphilis, and the difficulties of getting treatment. Any initial attraction should be nipped by contemplating the short careers of teen dealers: an average of six months, to be cut off by death, injury, or arrest. Bibliography. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: May 30th, 1991
ISBN: 0-02-742745-5
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Four Winds/MacMillan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1991