What's ironic is that Schlosser's book really has less to with drugs per se, but more about how the laws on drugs and pornography came about. Specifically, he points out that the history behind them is one of hysteria, rather than of intelligent thought.
One voice for sanity comes from Dana Parsons in the L.A. Times, who states:
What should be done is to remember that ideas shouldn't scare us. Ideas shouldn't prompt parents or, especially, school officials to be putting even minor heat on public libraries for the speakers they recruit. That notion is 10 times more threatening than anything Schlosser an accomplished writer whom students ought to be exposed to might say in an hour with them.Posted by Ted Stevko at April 6, 2005 10:17 AM | TrackBack