Methamphetamine: A Love Story presents an insider’s view of the world of methamphetamine based on the life stories of thirty-three adults formerly immersed in using, dealing, and manufacturing meth in rural Oklahoma. Using a respectful tone towards her subjects, Shukla illuminates their often decades-long love affair with the drug, the attractions of the lifestyle, the eventual unsustainability of it, and the challenges of exiting the life. These personal stories reveal how and why people with limited economic means and inadequate resources become entrapped in the drug epidemic, while challenging longstanding societal views about addiction, drugs, drug policy, and public health.
Rashi K. Shukla is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Oklahoma. She received her PhD in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University and has served as lead investigator of a multimethod study of the methamphetamine problem for more than a decade. Her research, which focuses on offender decision-making and the evolution of drug problems, has been presented in numerous forums, both nationally and internationally. Learn more about Rashi Shukla at: https://rashishukla.com/methamphetamine-a-love-story/.
"A captivating read, valuable to students, researchers, and policymakers who will come to see why simple, reactive solutions to methamphetamine’s hold will never suffice. Shukla gives us fair warning."
— Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books
“Shukla has succeeded in rendering palpable the initial attraction and subsequent misery so often associated with addiction.”
— Political and Legal Anthropology Review