Booze is a drug, for my intents and purposes.

I'm not going to get into this topic of alcohol versus drugs as far as classification.  At least not yet. I just wanted to do a little self promotion.  My book, Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-1944  has just been released. The best place to order it is directly… Continue reading Booze is a drug, for my intents and purposes.

Why do pharmacists control access to certain drugs?

I had a student who is diabetic come to speak to me today, and in the meandering way conversations I get into with students go (usually my fault), she ended up asking the rhetorical question "why do I have to get my insulin from a pharmacist?" It is a good question.  As I noted in… Continue reading Why do pharmacists control access to certain drugs?

Where did the dangers of drugs come from?

In the next little while I'll be musing on the origins of the idea that drugs, and especially drug addiction, is a problem.  there has been a lot of work on this, so I am going over very charted territory. My concern is that the work on the idea of the "discovery of addiction" as… Continue reading Where did the dangers of drugs come from?