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The Quest for Drug Control: Politics and Federal Policy in a Period of Increasing Substance Abuse, 1963-1981

David F. Musto and Pamela Korsmeyer


Between 1960 and 1980 various administrations attempted to deal with a rising tide of illicit drug use that was unprecedented in U.S. history. This book provides a close look at the politics and bureaucracy of drug control policy during those years, showing how they changed during the presidencies of Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and Carter and how much current federal drug-control policies owe to those earlier efforts. The book bases its analysis on a unique collection of 5,000 pages of White House documents from the period. These documents reveal the intense debates that took place over drug policy. ... More

Keywords: illicit drug use, federal drug-control policies, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, drug policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780300090369
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300090369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David F. Musto, author

Pamela Korsmeyer, author