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SOC 3970 Week 3 Lecture Notes

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SOC 3970 Week 3 Lecture Notes SOC 3970

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These notes cover lectures from the week of September 6.
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Date Created: 09/11/16
SOC 3970 Lecture Notes September 6, 2016 – September 8, 2016 September 6, 2016 Lecture Reference PowerPoint: Lecture 3 – History of Drug Control Introduction  Two types of drug laws o Regulatory Laws: dictate the practices of pharmaceutical companies, pharmacists, physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and others who dispense or manufacture “legal  drugs” o Criminal Laws: criminalize drug use, possession, and sales  Two main effects of the criminalization of a behavior like drug use o Symbolic: Higher status as good, moral, and decent for those who support and  defend the law, regardless of the effectiveness of law enforcement  Drug users and drugs are demonized as immoral, etc.  o Instrumental: consequences for those impacted by implementation of the law.  General intolerance for drug use, which affects usage rate o Who is impacted?  The drug user, seller, etc.  Tax payer, whether or not it is worth it to keep drug use down  Family members, secondary  Society is also effected in general, people being put in jail for non­violent  crimes, effecting jobs and productivity of economy  Why do societies regulate drugs? o We want to protect society from the dangers of some types of drug use (legitimate social purpose) o BUT some laws are not developed as part of a rationally devised plan.  Many drug laws are created based on social laws. May not have a  legitimate purpose in mind.   Unintended consequences  Major theme of drug laws: racist fears about deviant behavior played a role throughout  the development and support of drug regulation Drugs and Drug Use in the 19  Century: Factors Leading to Drug Control Efforts  Psychoactive substances were freely available, and consumption was immense o At the time, there was no regulation and people didn’t know about all the effects.  o Major source of drug possession: “Patent Medicines”  Medicines did not have to list the ingredients  Most were described as a “cure all” o Opium usually masked symptoms instead of curing the problem and left patients  addicted  OTC Patent medicines had fraudulent or misleading claims o OTC meds with opium, morphine, marijuana, and cocaine was freely available  throughout the 19  century without a prescription o Cocaine­based soft drinks were available (Coca­Cola)  Medical, scientific, and technological innovations in the 1800s led to: more potent and  pure drugs, and more efficient/effective route of administration  High point of drug usage o During the 1800s, US housed an extremely large user and addict population o Efforts to stem tide of substance abuse complicated by mixed motives of  reformers th Drug Control Efforts in the Early 20  Century  Early Anti­Opium Legistlation o First big concern was aimed at Opium. Earlier laws were ones that weren’t aimed  at medical people, but at recreational use (such as toward the Chinese  Immigrants) o Efforts toward control don’t really start until there’s particular trouble with a  group that is looked down on, or a drug becomes associated with a group  Example: Prohibition started with the anti­German “fever”


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