NIDA: Themes in Chemical Prohibition, William L. White, 1979
6. Both User and Supplier
Are Defined as Fiends, Always in Search of New Victims; Usage of
the Drug is Considered "Contagious" [epidemic,
The prohibition propaganda which has surrounded the presently
illicit drugs represents a blatant manipulation of the symbols
of evil that would do credit to
victims are characterized as young children"
(above: an example of the term "Drug War", here
used in the movie Reefer Madness, circa 1936.)
so excite an adult population as can anything which appears to
threaten their own children.
the Harrison Act of 1914,
the user and the seller of illicit drugs have both been
evil, criminal, insane, and always in search of new victims,
victims are characterized as young children.
Drug usage is characterized as
its increase (real or imagined) is characterized as an
Efforts to reduce drug usage are referred to as the
"war" on or
against drug abuse.
Persons who sell are called
in spite of increasing
evidence that most persons get drugs, particularly their first
drug, from friends and not some arch villain who seduced them on
a street corner.