ALEXANDER, Bruce




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"The War on Drugs is a cruel and costly failure." -- Bruce K. Alexander

As an SFU psychologist, Bruce Alexander argued in Peaceful Measures: Canada's Way Out of the 'War on Drugs' (U. of Toronto, 1990) that the Americans' war on drugs is not only a phoney war; it is a cruel and costly failure that is a gross distraction from greater social problems facing North American society.

"By adopting peaceful measures," he wrote "in place of war measures, drug-related problems can be approached with both greater humanity and better prospects for success." He began investigating drug issues in 1971 as a comparative psychologist. "I had no academic training that related to any pressing social issues, so I chose drugs as a topic because it dominated the headlines in the Trudeau/Nixon era."

Bruce Alexander later co-authored A History of Psychology in Western Civilization (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014) with Curtis P. Shelton.

[BCBW 2015] "Crime"