David Simon, creator of HBO TV drama The Wire, speaks about capitalism, Margaret Thatcher and how anti-drug enforcement has evolved into social control
Problem drug use or ‘addiction’ is not a disease, it’s not an equal opportunity affliction (despite the addicted/recovered celebs regularly paraded before us) – it disproprtionately affects the poor and marginalised. PDU as Simon suggest should be understood as a symptom of extreme structural inequality – the plight of the discarded working class who have no worth and no opportunity to sell their labour but living in an affluent advanced wealthy capitalist society.
The War on Drugs a War on Drug Users: http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/23/
Understanding Problematic Drug Use: A Medical Matter or a Social Issue? http://epubs.glyndwr.ac.uk/siru/18/
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