Breaking the Monopoly System
in the series History in Public Health Seminars
Date: Wednesday 31 October 2012
Time: 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: Jerry Morris A, LSHTM, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SH, UK
Type of event: Alumni Reception
Speaker(s): John Collins, London School of Economics
Breaking the Monopoly System: American influence on the British decision to prohibit opium smoking and end its Asian monopolies, 1939-1943
In 1943 the American Federal Bureau of Narcotics began a campaign to force a change in British and Dutch colonial opium policies. The British, although reluctant to pursue prohibitionist policies which they feared would be difficult to implement, eventually acquiesced. This paper examines the broader historical background of the 'Colonial Issue' and why it was perhaps the most significant obstacle to international drug control efforts over the previous four decades. The paper's goal is to help explain how the understanding of 'legitimate' drug use had evolved over the previous four decades and why the resolution of this issue fundamentally reshaped the international drug control system.
Admission: Free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.