Heroin, Deviance and Morality

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry



Document Type


Medical Subject Headings

Heroin; Substance-Related Disorders; Morals


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


Citation: Lidz CW and Walker AL: Heroin, Deviance and Morality. Beverly Hills, CA, Sage Publications, Inc., 1980. ISBN 0803915497, 9780803915497.

Summary: Examines the data on drug abuse in the late Sixties and early Seventies and concludes that there was probably no significant increase in the use of heroin. The crisis of drug abuse that many Americans perceived at the time was in fact a crisis of politics and morality. These findings lead the authors to fascinating and important revisions of theories of labelling and deviance.