1. Dear Drugs-Forum readers: We are a small non-profit that runs one of the most read drug information & addiction help websites in the world. We serve over 4 million readers per month, and have costs like all popular websites: servers, hosting, licenses and software. To protect our independence we do not run ads. We take no government funds. We run on donations which average $25. If everyone reading this would donate $5 then this fund raiser would be done in an hour. If Drugs-Forum is useful to you, take one minute to keep it online another year by donating whatever you can today. Donations are currently not sufficient to pay our bills and keep the site up. Your help is most welcome. Thank you.
    PLEASE HELP

THE ORIGINS OF THE ENGLISH DRUG "SCENE" 1890-1930

THE ORIGINS OF THE ENGLISH DRUG "SCENE" 1890-1930

  1. Spucky
    The drug subculture which developed as part of the rise in narcotic drug use in the
    1960s has received much attention. Academic sociologists and the media found this, as
    an area of deviant behaviour, a subject of considerable intellectual interest and also of
    popular fascination. Drug taking as an alternative way of life, where, as Jock Young
    puts it, "drug use is given a different meaning from that existing previously", has
    become part of the sociology of deviance. Issues such as the formation and role of the
    altemative subculture, the social reaction against deviant drug use, and the particular
    importance of the changing social class of drug takers as providing justification for a
    moral response, have attracted attention. The transformation of the typical drug user
    in the 1960s from a middle-class middle-aged female into a young working-class male
    had, it is argued, much to do with the social reaction evoked, and the type of legal and
    social controls put into effect.' In the 1980s, the link with unemployment has again
    been stressed; and the reappearance of cocaine as a "smart" drug has also provided
    another source of sensationalism for the popular press. However, the widespread
    assertion that drug taking has now become more "normal" would seem to downgrade
    the '60s emphasis on drug use as a subcultural activity.2 Certainly, the "junkie"
    stereotype is less prominent in media coverage.
    The historical analysis of how such groupings came