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ERIC Number: ED073406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 22
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Dope, Fiends, and Myths.
Reasons, Charles E.
Since the social reality of the drug problem has largely emanated from the diffuse conceptions of the drug user, an analysis of the history of the "dope fiend" mythology is presented in this paper in an attempt to assess the manner in which certain publics are informed about the problem. A content analysis of drug-related imagery was made from three sources: the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, the International Index, and the Federal Narcotics Bureau's Annual Report. Articles indexed were listed under headings such as drug habit, opium habit, and narcotics addict; sources reflected popular, scientific, and vested interest perspectives. Results show that of the 29 myths presented concerning the violent addict, 21 are from the Bureau of Narcotics. The paper traces the"dope fiend" mythology from its earliest emergence and maintenance and points out that, while quantitative and qualitative variations are apparent for different sources and time periods, the imagery seems to have maintained a viability of its own. Tables and references are included. (SES)
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Note: Paper presented at American Sociological Association's Annual Meeting (New Orleans, Louisiana, August, 1972)