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Наркоистерия в "странах тюрем"

Ясавеев И. Г.

The article presents a review of Craig Reinarman’s and Harry G. Levine’s works, who studied one of the episodes of the “War on Drugs” in the United States – panic over the consumption of crack in the second half of the 1980s. US politicians claimed about the threat to “whole generation of American youth” and “every household”, “killing our children”, “problem number one of those with which we are faced.” Crack using was presented as “crisis”, “flooding”, “epidemic”, “plague”. Panic over the crack contributed to the adoption of harsh anti-drug laws and increased funding for law enforcement agencies.

In the same way – using the same rhetoric and the same gestures – the Russian Federal Drug Control Service in Russia played in the drug problem in recent years. Meanwhile, the US experience shows the danger of panic over drug use, inefficient budget spending on the “War on Drugs”, the devastating effects of this war, in particular, the growth of the prison population and the spread of HIV/AIDS.