Thursday, August 07, 2008

Heroin Myths

Marvin Olasky has a fascinating interview with Theodore Dalrymple in the latest World Magazine. Encounter Books recently published the revised paperback edition of his book, Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy. As Olasky writes, "In Romancing Opiates Dalrymple . . . strikingly contravenes the conventional. He explains that heroin is not highly addictive, withdrawal from it does not require medical assistance, addicts do not become criminals to feed their habits, and heroin addiction is often a spiritual problem." Read the whole thing.