Title

Interview with Matthew R. Pembleton, author, Containing Addiction: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Origins of America’s Global Drug War

Abstract

It’s common to place the start of the War on Drugs with the Nixon or Reagan Administrations, but as Matthew Pembleton tells us, those are only phases II and III of a much longer drug war that began in the 1930s with the long-forgotten Federal Bureau of Narcotics. In his new book Containing Addiction: The Federal Bureau of Narcotics and the Origins of America’s Global Drug Wars (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), Matt tell us about that agency’s history, the charismatic and controversial men who led it and served as its agents around the globe, and the ways in which the current opioid epidemic echoes an enduring pattern of drug use and misuse in the U.S.

Publication Date

5-25-2018

Journal Title

New Books Network

Publisher

Amherst College Press

Document Type

Interview

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