Proponents of the gateway theory try to portray a causal relationship between the use of common recreational substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, and the use of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin. To make this point they have to work backwards by finding people who are already hard drug abusers and looking at their substance intake histories.
I researched and originally wrote this article as an undergraduate for an anthropology of mental health class in 1994. I tweaked it a few times since then but never tried to update it to keep the factual sections current with the times. The knowledgeable reader will know that the field […]