ERIC Number: ED049497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
The Control and Treatment of Narcotics Use. Parole Decision Making.
Glaser, Daniel; O'Leary, Vincent
After a brief discussion of the physiological effects of drugs on the human body, seven distinctive features of drug usage in the United States since the start of World War II are noted, and initiation into drug usage is described. The notion of a distinct personality type of addicts is not favored since terms used to characterize the type are not precise, but rather a matter of degree. A review of legislation on the handling of narcotics is given, and several explanations are given for the difficulty in suppressing narcotics traffic. Finally, the controversy over whether drug usage should be considered purely an illness, strictly a crime, or a combination of both is discussed. The methods most widely employed, usually in combination, to combat narcotics use are described. These include: (1) imprisonment; (2) hospitalization, with medical and psychological services; (3) institutional group counseling; (4) community surveillance and testing; (5) casework programs in the community; and (6) mutual aid organizations of ex-addicts. (TA)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Drug Abuse, Drug Addiction, Drug Legislation, Drug Therapy, Group Counseling, Individual Differences, Medical Services, Narcotics, Physiology
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social and Rehabilitation Service (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Parole Institutes.