Drug Packaging: Newspapers’ Long History of Sensational Narcotics Reporting

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Sarah Brady Siff, a visiting assistant professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, in affiliation with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC). It seems true (though not perfectly true) that laws and policies conform to public opinion eventually. I recently attended a virtual meetingContinue reading “Drug Packaging: Newspapers’ Long History of Sensational Narcotics Reporting”

Remembering Civil Rights Lawyer Samuel Carter McMorris and his Fight Against Unjust Drug Laws & Police Brutality

Editor’s Note: Today’s post in honor of Black History Month comes from contributing editor Sarah Brady Siff, a visiting assistant professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, in affiliation with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC). In 1962, the United States Supreme Court struck down California’s “narcotics addict” law in theContinue reading “Remembering Civil Rights Lawyer Samuel Carter McMorris and his Fight Against Unjust Drug Laws & Police Brutality”

“The Adventurous Tasters,” a Story for Fat Tuesday

Editor’s Note: Today’s timely Mardi Gras-themed post comes from contributing editor Sarah Brady Siff, a visiting assistant professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, in affiliation with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC). The place: Paris. The year: 1850. “It was mardi-gras, and copious libations of flaming punch had prepared theContinue reading ““The Adventurous Tasters,” a Story for Fat Tuesday”

Joe Biden and Drug Control: A More Complete Picture (Part 3—the Late ’80s)

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Sarah Brady Siff, a visiting assistant professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, in affiliation with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC). She continues the series on Joe Biden’s drug policy she started last month. Now that Joe Biden has been duly elected president, IContinue reading “Joe Biden and Drug Control: A More Complete Picture (Part 3—the Late ’80s)”

Joe Biden and Drug Control: A More Complete Picture (Part 2—the 1980s)

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Sarah Brady Siff, a visiting assistant professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, in affiliation with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC). She continues the series on Joe Biden’s drug policy she started last week. It was an election year—1980—but Senator Joe Biden wasContinue reading “Joe Biden and Drug Control: A More Complete Picture (Part 2—the 1980s)”

Joe Biden and Drug Control: A More Complete Picture (Part 1—the 1970s)

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Sarah Brady Siff, a visiting assistant professor at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, in affiliation with the Drug Enforcement and Policy Center (DEPC). As we prepare for the election next month, her examination of Joe Biden’s historical views on drug policy will continueContinue reading “Joe Biden and Drug Control: A More Complete Picture (Part 1—the 1970s)”

Suspect and Report: Anti-drug Propaganda for ’Sixties Families

In 1963, Los Angeles County distributed through the public school system 200,000 copies of a stylishly designed, wide-format brochure printed on heavy paper. It featured illustrations by a Walt Disney artist and a dire message: Your kid might be on drugs. Targeted at parents of teen-agers, “Darkness on Your Doorstep” used thick margins, modern typefaces,Continue reading “Suspect and Report: Anti-drug Propaganda for ’Sixties Families”

Could the Supreme Court’s Forfeiture Ruling Help End the Drug Wars?

Did the Supreme Court unanimously de-escalate the drug wars last month? The optimist in me says “yes,” and the historian in me agrees. In Timbs v. Indiana, the Court ruled that the state could not seize and forfeit the plaintiff’s Land Rover as a result of his drug conviction. While this decision alone will notContinue reading “Could the Supreme Court’s Forfeiture Ruling Help End the Drug Wars?”

The Sociological Approach, Part 2: Judy Garland and Billie Holiday

Note from Sarah Brady Siff: This post was written by Cecilia Burtis of Tiffin, Ohio, who earned an undergraduate degree in sociology from Miami University in 2018. See also Part 1. In California, the entertainment industry brought drug use to the forefront of public attention, where the constant press coverage of movie stars exposed drugContinue reading “The Sociological Approach, Part 2: Judy Garland and Billie Holiday”

The Sociological Approach, Part 1

In an article recently published in the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, Joseph Spillane has given me some clues on how to proceed in my own work. “Inside the Fantastic Lodge” is Spillane’s consideration of the networks, identity-making and social limitations revealed in Marilyn Bishop’s narration of her days as a young white heroinContinue reading “The Sociological Approach, Part 1”

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