Loompanics started as a mail-order house and they still sell
a large percentage of their books directly to customers in
this way. This is a good thing because it allows them to
be more independent in what they put out than most publishers.
They have a really cool catalog which goes way
beyond drug books (though they have a good selection of
Ronin is an interesting company. It was co-founded by
behind the legendary And/Or Press. As a result, Ronin has
published a lot of drug books, including reprinting many of
the And/Or titles. But Ronin also publishes very mainstream
books on things like business, and their books are sold in
regular bookstores, including the chains. There is an overall
consistency to the books they publish, however; they are all
about finding your own path through life. In fact, their slogan
is "Books for Independent Minds". As a result,
readers of this site will likely find all of Ronin's catalog
interesting. Even their business books have an interesting
slant. For those people looking for books on marijuana or LSD,
Ronin is the place to go. They have titles covering just about
every imaginable aspect of these drugs. Readers of this site
will probably be most interested in Ronin's books on heroin,
opium, and drug law.
Ronin Publishing, Inc.
PO Box 522
Berkeley, CA 94701
Why You Should Care About These Businesses
In addition to providing useful information, both of these
publishers have worked to protect our constitutional rights
to read what we choose to. It is not easy being a small press,
and it is harder still publishing books that aren't simply
propaganda in this age of Drug War hysteria. Both companies
have come face to face with government oppression. They deserve
all our support.
The Alchemind Society is basically an educational group. What
makes them different is that they focus on a concept they call
"cognitive liberty". This is, according to their
right of each individual to think independently, to use the full
spectrum of his or her mind, and to engage in multiple modes
of thought and alternative states of consciousness." The AS is
headed by Richard Glen Boire who holds a doctorate of Jurisprudence
from the UC Berkeley. As a result, the Alchemind Society has
a more formal, legalistic approach to their lobbying activities.
It is always nice (though rare) to have lawyers on the side of
This group is not only fighting on the side of liberty in
the War on Drugs (that is, against the government), they
put out a great weekly newsletter with information about
what is happening in the world of drug policy. If you are
even a little interested in drug policy and the War on Drugs,
you must subscribe to this newsletter. And it is free
(though DRC Net can always use your contributions).
This group has done all kinds of great work. They are
responsible for most of the really good literature that one
finds at needle exchanges and drug programs these days. Their
80+ page book Getting Off Right--A Safety Manual for
Injection Drug Users is fantastic and should be studied
by anyone who injects drugs. They provide this book for free
to anyone who wants it. Can you beat that?
The Labour Party, now in power in the United Kingdom, has
initiated a u-turn in British drug policy. They have turned
away from the humane and rational ethos of a public-health
based policy, to an approach that seeks to emulate the worst
failures of the US crime control model. This has included
the introduction of a drug czar, greater emphasis on law
enforcement and interdiction, the introduction of coerced
treatment regimes, and more restrictive regulations over
opioid maintenance treatment.
The UK Harm Reduction Alliance is an alliance of drugs
researchers, clinicians/practitioners and drug users
who are concerned with the practice and policy of harm
reduction. The UKHRA was established in reaction to
the present Labour government's policies, with the intention
of reversing these policies through a combination of lobbying,
protesting, and education.
The site is quite interactive with members writing in with
new information when it is discovered. It is kind of like
for the Harm Reduction Movement.
Why You Should Care About These Organizations
These organizations are fighting for the freedom and health
of everyone--not just drug users. The focus of each group
is information distribution. The purpose of a lot of this
information is the education of non-users about drugs, so
that they do not make their public (political) and private
(whether to use or not) decisions on the myths
that the government propagates as "drug education".
The government's effort to solve the "drug problem"
is the primary means by which it is eroding our rights as
individuals. So these groups are helping to protect the rights
of everyone. In a sense, these organizations have something
to sell, just as the publishers above: They are selling
political activism. If you agree in what they are working to
achieve, you should support them. There are a lot of ways to
support them, although money makes a great gift and it goes
with absolutely everything!
When it comes to "recovery" from drug addiction,
about the only thing that people think of is Alcoholics
Anonymous and its many spin-offs. Unfortunately, not only
does AA not work very well (or at all), its dogmatic
philosophical basis and promotion of helplessness is a
real turn-off for most people. There are a lot of groups
that help people overcome their addictions through
empowerment and self-reliance. We're interested in hearing
about any other groups that offer addicts a choice beside
life-long meeting attendance and the "I am powerless!
I am powerless!" mantra. The two groups above offer
a rational approach to recovery. We have nothing against
spiritually based programs--these are simply the only
good programs with which we have experience.
Warning: The Rational Recovery home page
takes a while to load, though it does contain a lot of
Heroin Pages is a forum for people interested in heroin
one way or another. It's kind of like a bulletin board. The
site has a lot of good content, and it is worth checking out.
Why You Should Care About These Organizations
There are a lot of ways to skin a cat, although it is not
clear why anyone would want to skin a cat these days. These
organizations all provide information that is useful and
outside the usual stuff you see on daytime TV talk shows.
You will certainly find information about detox on our site,
but it isn't our primary focus. All of these sites are
here to help you if you have a problem--mostly for free.