Interview: Meet the New Editors of SHAD

In January 2018, Nancy Campbell, David Herzberg, and Lucas Richert assumed responsibility for Social History of Drugs and Alcohol: An Interdisciplinary Journal. They took on the role of co-editors in chief and began planning for the future. In April, the ADHS signed an agreement with University of Chicago Press. 1.) Tell us about your historyContinue reading “Interview: Meet the New Editors of SHAD”

Exciting Updates: SHAD and the University of Chicago Press, the 2019 ADHS Conference, and more!

The Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS) has a lot of exciting news to reveal these days. First of all, the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (or SHAD), the official journal of ADHS, has three new co-editors. We’re so pleased to welcome this esteemed and worthy trio! Lucas Richert (Strathclyde University) Nancy Campbell (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) DavidContinue reading “Exciting Updates: SHAD and the University of Chicago Press, the 2019 ADHS Conference, and more!”

Drug War Dissents: Robinson v. California

Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by Dr. David Herzberg, as associate professor of history at SUNY Buffalo and the author of Happy Pills in America (2010) and his forthcoming project The Other Drug War: A History of Prescription Drug Abuse. Enjoy!  Most American drug policy historians are familiar with the 1962 Supreme Court decision Robinson v. California,Continue reading “Drug War Dissents: Robinson v. California”

Forgotten Drugs of Abuse I: T’s and Blues

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  It’s about a new drug, a killer, raging through a major American city filling ERs and morgues and leaving a trail of wrecked lives.  Just a year ago heroin was the big problem, but now this new scourge accounts for three-fourths of drug busts and a thirdContinue reading “Forgotten Drugs of Abuse I: T’s and Blues”

Ask Your Doctor!

So a college student walks into a doctor’s office and they start talking meds.  The student had been deeply troubled in the past, had been acting out, drinking too much, failing classes, etc., but he had seen his life turn around after he started taking Prozac a year or so ago.  It was a miracle,Continue reading “Ask Your Doctor!”

The Pub, the Street, & the Medicine Cabinet: Be There or Be Square

Points is pleased to announce that the complete program for the 6th Annual International Conference on the History of Alcohol and Drugs is now available.  Hosted by SUNY Buffalo under the able stewardship of David Herzberg, the conference runs from 24-26 June and features a keynote address by Points co-managing editor Joe Spillane, “Our OwnContinue reading “The Pub, the Street, & the Medicine Cabinet: Be There or Be Square”

Quaalude: The one that didn’t get away?

I was talking to a 67-year old relative about Quaalude at a recent family event. (Does this sort of thing happen to you all the time too, or is it just me?) I know her to be a friendly skeptic on the subject of drugs, and she has made it clear that she never usedContinue reading “Quaalude: The one that didn’t get away?”

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