Points Interview—Helena Barop, Poppy Wars: US Global Drug Policies, 1950–1979

Editor’s Note: Today, we’re pleased to interview Dr. Helena Barop about her new book , Mohnblumenkriege. Die globale Drogenpolitik der USA 1950-1979—or Poppy Wars: US Global Drug Policies, 1950–1979. Dr. Barop recently received her PhD from the University of Freiburg. Please tell readers a little but about yourself: My name is Helena Barop, and inContinue reading “Points Interview—Helena Barop, Poppy Wars: US Global Drug Policies, 1950–1979

The War on Drugs: From Book to Website

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is from Dr. David Farber, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Modern U.S. History at the University of Kansas. He is the editor of the recently published, War on Drugs: A History (NYU Press, 2021). Over the last 36-and-a-half years I have done what research-oriented history professors of my generationContinue reading “The War on Drugs: From Book to Website”

“Blah Blah Blah”: The Fallacy of United Nations Drug Summits

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Dr. Stefano Tijerina, a lecturer in management and the Chris Kobrack Research Fellow in Canadian Business History at the University’s of Maine’s Business School. “Blah Blah Blah” was the conclusion of environmental activist Greta Thunberg after the recent 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.Continue reading ““Blah Blah Blah”: The Fallacy of United Nations Drug Summits”

What We Left Behind in Afghanistan

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Dr. Stefano Tijerina, a lecturer in management and the Chris Kobrack Research Fellow in Canadian Business History at the University’s of Maine’s Business School. After twenty years of nation-building in Afghanistan, the United States leaves behind a country in shambles. It might be argued that we slowed downContinue reading “What We Left Behind in Afghanistan”

Inspector Boden Burns It All: The Story of a Pioneering California Drug Warrrior, 1907–1927

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). What a time to be a historian. An embarrassment of digitized newsprint has made it possible to pursue all sorts of anglesContinue reading “Inspector Boden Burns It All: The Story of a Pioneering California Drug Warrrior, 1907–1927”

Teaching Points: Lesson Plan in Truth, Lies, and Anti-Drug Propaganda

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post comes from Stephen Siff, an Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami University of Ohio. He is the author of Acid Hype: American News Media and the Psychedelic Experience (University of Illinois Press, 2015). I teach media literacy in introductory journalism and mass communication classes atContinue reading “Teaching Points: Lesson Plan in Truth, Lies, and Anti-Drug Propaganda”

Watch “A Century of American Drug Use” Virtual AHA Panel

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from contributing editor Bob Beach. Beach is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Albany, SUNY.  The annual gathering of historians for the American Historical Association’s yearly meeting is set to resume in January 2022 in New Orleans, barring a major resurgence of Covid due to the delta variant.Continue reading “Watch “A Century of American Drug Use” Virtual AHA Panel”

Event Alert—A War on Research: Drug Policy and 50 Year of Lost Knowledge

Editor’s Note: This event alert is part of Points’s commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the War on Drugs. Mark you calendars for this coming Thursday, June 24. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is hosting a panel titled, “A War on Research: Drug Policy and 50 Years of Lost Knowledge.” Sponsored by the DPA’s DepartmentContinue reading “Event Alert—A War on Research: Drug Policy and 50 Year of Lost Knowledge”

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