History of Cocaine

  • David F. Allen


It has been said that history teaches two major principles; first, that things change slowly; and second, that things change rapidly. This situation is characteristic of the history of cocaine where the issues have drifted along at a slow pace, followed by crisis situations, then slackened off only to accelerate again. (1)


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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • David F. Allen
    • 1
  1. 1.National Drug CouncilNassauBahamas

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