New Internationalist

Action Directory

Issue 224

new internationalist
issue 224 - October 1991

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Useful addresses

AOTEAROA / NEW ZEALAND
Alcohol and Drug Centres are listed on the ‘Hospital’ page near the front of your ‘phone directory. If you can’t find a listing contact the NZ Drug Foundation, PO Box 3082, Wellington, tel: 04 499-2921 or contact your GP.

AUSTRALIA
Drug agencies work co-operatively by state. Here is a selection. CEIDA (Centre for Education & Information on Drugs & Alcohol), Private Mail 6, PO Rozelle, NSW 2039, tel: (02) 818 5222. Alcohol & Drug Education, GPO Box 520, South Melbourne, 3205, tel: (03) 690 6000, (counselling service) (03) 482 2711. The Woolshed Drug Therapeutic Community, Strathavon Road, Ashbourne, SA 5157, tel: 085 366 002.

CANADA
Addiction Research Foundation, 33 Russell Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1, tel: (416) 595 6054 – research and information. The Donwood Institute, 175 Brentcliffe Road, Toronto, Ontario M4G 3Z1 tel: (416) 425 3930, renowned public hospital for treatment, with holistic approach. La Ligue Anti-Prohibitioniste, Ecole de Criminologie, Université de Montréal, CP 6128, Postal Station A, Nth PQ, H3C 3J7. Advocates drug policy alternatives in Canada.

UK
For information on drugs contact the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence (ISDD) tel: (071) 430 1991, and on local services the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA) tel: (071) 430 2341, both at 1 Hatton Place, London EC1N 8ND.

US
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), 1636 R. St. NW, Washington, DC 20009 tel: (202) 483 5500. Publishes quarterly and monthly newsletters and has local chapters across the US. The Drug Policy Foundation, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20016-2087 tel: (202) 895 1634. Advocates alternative humane drug policies and publishes a newsletter. High Times – a monthly magazine dealing with drug-related issues in an entertaining and enlightened fashion. 211 E. 43rd St, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

 

Worth reading on... the war on drugs
For a shockingly detached insider’s view of addiction there is nothing to compare with William BurroughsNaked Lunch (Grove Press, paperback, 1966). By way of contrast read Bruce K Alexander, Peaceful Measures: Canada’s Way out of the ‘War on Drugs’ (University of Toronto Press, 1990). If you find it hard to credit CIA complicity in the trade you won’t after you’ve read Cocaine Politics (University of California Press, 1991) by Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall, and The Politics of Heroin (Lawrence Hill Books, 1991) by Alfred W McCoy. A sober assessment can be found in Traffickers: Drug Markets and Law Enforcement by Nicholas Dorn, Karin Murji and Nigel South, to be published by Routledge, October 1991. Mike DavisCity of Quartz; Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (Verso 1990) is essential reading on urban America after Reagan – a scarifying tale. You’ll find most of the policy protagonists present in James A Inciardi, The Drug Legalization Debate, (Sage, 1991).

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