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Prohibitionists Launch a Drug Menace [CU Report Download PDF, ePub]

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 - 12:32 am

Consumer Union Reports, Licit and Illicit Drugs, Chapter 44, How to Launch a Nationwide Drug Menace.

Below you can download an important excerpt from the excellent book mentioned above.

How did glue sniffing become so popular? Surely vilifying it, stigmatizing users, and making it illegal would make it less attractive, or so say the Prohibitionists! [ONDCP,, etc…]

How did glue sniffing become so popular? There weren’t any glue pushers around to make 17,000% profit from selling it!* (Therefore there was not the financial incentive which existed during alcohol prohibition — and exists now throughout our current version of prohibition.)

How did glue sniffing become so popular? There wasn’t anyone decrying glue prohibition or championing an end to glue prohibition — no glue policy reformers telling people the publicized dangers of glue were grossly overblown and the government funded supposed-scientists and doctors were lying or greatly exaggerating.

How did glue sniffing become so popular? There weren’t even any power and money drunk Drug Czars to blame glue policy reformers for “sending the wrong message” that glue wasn’t a deadly substance! Not a single glue policy reformer to vilify for the statistics showing the rate of glue sniffing was greatly increasing among kids!

So what was it that caused glue sniffing to become so popular back in the late 1950’s and 1960’s?

Could it have been the Pharisaical Prohibitionists themselves? Um, yes. Just like today with our current drug prohibition schemes.

Check out the Consumer Union’s excellent report, complete with footnotes.

If you wish to read it as a webpage, please do so at

You will also find this other page (and links) worth reading.

* This, of course, also explains why there weren’t any glue gangs, or stickups, or shootouts with glue guns on street corners, or any of the other blatant violence and sticky situations which naturally follow Prohibition.

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