It is not true either that addicts cannot give up without the help of an apparatus of medical and paramedical care. Thousands of American servicemen returning from Vietnam, where they had addicted themselves to heroin, gave up on their return home without any assistance whatsoever. And in China, millions of Chinese addicts gave up with only minimal help: Mao Tse-Tung's credible offer to shoot them if they did not. There is thus no question that Mao was the greatest drug-addiction therapist in history.For those of you keeping score, that's one for Mao, and tens of millions against.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Dalrymple on Heroin Addiction
In what sure seems like a controversial article, Theodore Dalrymple writes that you have to work to get addicted to heroin, and it's not that hard to kick the habit. Trust me, I have no idea either way. In any case, historians might find this part interesting:
Posted by Tom at 9:20 AM