M. L. HARNEY-formerly Superintendent of the Illinois Division of Narcotic Control, Assistant to the U. S. Commissioner of Narcotics, and Assistant to the Secretary, U. S. Treasury, for Law Enforcement, now retired-and STANLEY BUDNER–a member of the New York State Psychiatric Institute-here take issue with EDWIN M. SCHUR’S “Drug Addiction in America & England,” which appeared in our September issue. A reply by Mr. Schur follows.
Mr. Harney writes: It is a pity that a periodical of the scholarly cast of COMMENTARY should give space to the perpetuation of the myth of an “English (or British) system” of narcotics control. The use of this phrase suggests a myth whenever it implies that there is any radical difference in the conception of narcotic drug control in two nations which subscribe to the same international agreements on the narcotics question.
The myth pursued by Mr. Schur has been referred to by a Home Office spokesman in these words: “. . . we make it clear that there is not in fact any such thing as a British system, which is an invention of certain Americans who wish to prove a particular point of view.”
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