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Altering American Consciousness: Alcohol, Drug Use and American Medicine

Altering American Consciousness: Alcohol, Drug Use and American Medicine

Visions and Voices: A Lecture by Sarah W. Tracy

  • Date:
    Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Time:
    4:00 PM
  • Campus:
    Health Sciences Campus
  • Venue:
    Mayer Auditorium
  • Cost:
    Reception to follow.

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Summary:

Sarah W. Tracy, co-editor of Altering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000, will discuss the evolving history of addiction, treatment and drug-related policy in the United States.

Description:

As part of the Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics Series, which engages core health issues in society today, we will present an afternoon with Sarah W. Tracy, author of Alcoholism in America from Reconstruction to Prohibition and co-editor of Altering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000. Tracy earned her doctorate in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma, she taught at the universities of Delaware, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and at Yale University.

Tracy will discuss the evolving history of addiction, treatment and drug-related policy in the United States, including the significance of the 1914 Harrison Narcotic Act, a tax act that regulated the sale of opiates and cocaine. The Harrison Act effectively banned the prescription of opiates for addiction treatment, permitting their use for only “medical” purposes. One hundred years later, our nation continues to struggle with the growing problem of addiction to both prescription painkillers and stimulants.

Organized by Pamela Schaff (Pediatrics and Keck Educational Affairs), Suraiya Rahman (Pediatrics), Erin Quinn (Family Medicine and USC Dornsife Science and Health) and Lyn Boyd-Judson (Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics). Co-sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics; the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics; and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.

Related Event:
America's Use of Prescription and Illegal Drugs
The role of the medical profession: a historical and current issues discussion

Featuring Dr. Sarah Tracy and Dr. Erin Quinn, moderated by Dr. Kenneth Geller
Thursday, April 3, 12-1:30 p.m.
University Club | Lunch ServedRSVP by email to USC Levan Institute by Tuesday, April 1
Panelists:
Sarah Tracy, Associate Professor, Honors College at the University of Oklahoma, author of Altering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000 and Erin Quinn, Associate Dean for Science and Health, USC Dornsife

Moderator:
Kenneth Geller, MD, Director of Dornsife Pre-Health Advisement, Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, Keck School of Medicine of USC