In this essay I explore the epistemology of drugs in America. That is, how Americans come to know and define drugs and their users; and, in turn, how those definitions manifest in social institutions. I argue that at the present moment, the cultural environment surrounding the ways in which Americans define and experience drug use— whether it is deemed as acceptable usage or a threat—is determined by three main institutions. The first and most predominant is the criminal justice system, which operates according to a regime of “narcopolitics.”
"Exploring the Epistemology of Illicit Drugs,"
Spectrum: Vol. 4:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholars.unh.edu/spectrum/vol4/iss1/4