neither the availability or use of drugs but fosters global devastation. At home, it has caused a national pain management
crisis that penalizes tens of millions of American pain sufferers, fosters crime and corruption, and compels the arrest of over
a million drug offenders each year. In producer countries, guerrillas and terrorists exploit the lucrative illicit drug trade
wrecking their fragile legal, political, and legislative infrastructures while trampling on the human rights of the poor and
disenfranchised. Hence, maintaining such a failed and globally harmful policy is driven by prohibitionists’ moral, economic, or
political self-interest many of who propose to further increase penalties for transgressors; a tried and failed approach.
Alternatively, most drug policy reformers offer halfway measures that, failing to address the causes of addiction and the link
between drug criminalization on one hand and drug trade-related crime on the other, will not reverse drug policy failures or its
devastating outcomes, which only its repeal can achieve. Today's policy makers should exhibit the wisdom and courage of
American legislators of the 1930s and repeal the far more egregious and socially disruptive global War on Drugs.
and development of current legislation and reveals that, far from protecting society, current drug policy undermines the fragile social, political, and legal
infrastructures of producer countries and penalizes millions of petty offenders and pain sufferers in consumer countries. Strongly argued and uncompromising, this
is essential reading for anyone with an open-mind and an interest in drugs and drug legislation."
John B. Davies, B.A., Ph.D., C.Psychol, FBPsS, FRSM
Professor of Psychology & Director, Centre for Applied Social Psychology
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.
Author of: The Myth of Addiction & Drugspeak: The analysis of drug discourse
expression and its broad scope that shows the ‘big picture’ while at the same time providing historical and social context and detailed factual and scientific
supportive arguments. Chapter Four on current theories of addiction in particular is a tour de force – a forensic analysis that compels with unerring logic, lucidity,
and pithy expression. This book is a hugely informative and thought-provoking enterprise, which provides many fascinating items of information, including many
quotable phrases and sentences, and forces the reader to look across different domains and recognize their importance."
Paul O'Mahony, Ph.D.
Criminologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine
Trinity College, Dublin.
Author of: The Irish War on Drugs: The Seductive Folly of Prohibition.
the American pain management crisis caused by DEA’s overzealous enforcement of drug laws and includes vivid descriptions of massive human rights violations
perpetrated by narco-guerillas and narco-terrorists. Dr. Faguet concludes that the best means to drastically reduce negative drug policy outcomes is to re-legalize all
Jeffrey A. Miron, Ph.D.
Senior lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Economics, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
Author of: Drug War Crimes; The consequences of prohibition.
address proper medical use of opioids as well as control of their illegal use... [He] suggests that the prevailing theories [on the causes of addiction] are inadequate to
stem the tide of the social, economic, and political forces that influence and dominate the control of the drug trade...He raises important questions and challenges
current dogma while offering an unconventional approach. Will anyone listen?“
Book Review. JAMA 2010;304:1727-1728
Kathleen Foley, M.D.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
“This well-organized book presents...a thorough critical study of the historical, medical, social, economic, legal, and political aspects of current drug enforcement
policies, and ...proposes a total and dramatic change in overall US drug policy. All the supporting data are referenced, with due credit given to opposing viewpoints.
Faguet's credentials as an oncologist, with numerous medical publications to his credit, add weight to his arguments. His writing style is clear, straightforward,
coherent, and very readable...Summing up: Highly recommended.“
Choice Reviews Online: Editor's picks, v48, no. 4, December 2010.
R.S. Kowalczyk, Ph.D.
Formerly, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
“After dissecting the strategy and tactics of the War on Drugs from medical, historical, legal,socioeconomic, and geopolitical perspectives, Guy Faguet MD indicts the
40-year-long War on Drugs for having failed to stem the supply of illicit drugs in America despite expenditures of half a trillion dollars, despite violating the basic
human right to pain relief of tens of millions of American chronic pain sufferers, and despite fomenting organized crime, government corruption, racial injustice, and
social disruption in both the United States and the producer countries. He concludes with a clarion call for the abandonment of the War on Drugs, disbanding the
Drug Enforcement Administration, and encouraging Congress to repeal the Controlled Substances Act.“
Pain Management News and Research, June 6, 2011.
American Academy of Pain Management