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DIVST 100: Book Club Final Project Resources: Chasing the Scream

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs

Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the war on drugs is not what we see on our TV screens. In Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari shares his discoveries through the riveting true stories he uncovered on a 30,000-mile journey – from the founder of the war on drugs who stalked and killed Billie Holiday, to a transgender crack dealer in Brooklyn, to the only country that has ever decriminalized all drugs, with remarkable results. You will never look at addiction – or our society – in the same way again.

Summary from Bloomsbury Publishing 

Here are some selected resources that you may want to use in your presentation. Interested in a topic not covered? Want additional sources? Send Haley an email ( and she will be happy to help! Or Chat with a Librarian 24/7.


These eBooks can be accessed from any computer - just log in with your SID and last name. Consider taking a quote from one of these for your classmates to respond to, or use a chapter as a source in your PowerPoint Presentation.


These documentaries can be great additions to your presentations. Use the Create Clip feature in Kanopy to select a short section to have your classmates watch and discuss, or add the clip to your slide.