The Public Interest

Facts and fancies about drug addiction

Norman Zineberg

Winter 1967

Misunderstanding of the problems of drug abuse in this country is the greatest current obstacle to attempts at their solution. It is my purpose in this essay to sort out what is actually known from what passes as fact; to show something of how these misconceptions have come to be accepted as truths; to point out what we do not know but urgently need to; and, finally, to indicate what lines of investigation seem at the moment to promise the most fruitful results.

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