The War on Drugs was launched on false claims that drugs are addictive and entice crime. Yet, drug policy has
    reduced 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 DrugsPublisher:  Praeger,, Pub Date: April 2010

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    "Faguet's book is the latest classic in a growing literature on the divisive and counterproductive nature of drug wars. In passionate terms, he describes the history
    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

    "This book is a captivating and a powerfully expressed condemnation of the mindless folly of drug policy. Its great strength is the clarity of thought and power of
    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.

    “This book provides a dispassionate and multifaceted analysis of the harmful effects of drug policy on American society and drug-producer countries. It highlights 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
    illicit drugs.”
    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.

    [Faguet] is [passionate] in his criticism of US and global drug policy and presents a strong case that the United States has failed to develop effective programs to
    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.
    Book Review.
    Pain Management News and Research, June 6, 2011.
    American Academy of Pain Management
    Sonora, CA