“Joe Califano pours a lifetime of energy, strategy and action into HIGH SOCIETY. This compelling book embraces a vision of an America that is liberated from substance abuse, a problem that affects all of us directly or indirectly. Califano shows how everyone can be part of the solution. If its message is heeded, HIGH SOCIETY can change America for the better.”
Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., President, Institute of Medicine of The National Academies
“Joe Califano’s book is a call to action and a road map to stem the ravages of substance abuse in America. It calls for society as a whole — schools, governments, churches, the media — to recognize that our children are at stake and to accept responsibility to give parents the support they need to raise children with the will and skills to just say no to drugs.”
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan
“HIGH SOCIETY sends a wake up call for a revolution in the way we battle drugs in America. Joe Califano shows how mounting that revolution will reduce crime, cut health care costs, strengthen families and help alleviate poverty. HIGH SOCIETY finally gives us the strategy to wage an effective war on drugs in every community in America.”
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee
“Joe Califano’s HIGH SOCIETY is what we need to bring about a revolution in the fight against substance abuse. This book peels the stigma off this disease and replaces despair with hope.”
Former First Lady Betty Ford
"Seeking to look at an old problem in a new way, (Califano's) sobering and thought provoking book is a call to arms. ...Bristling with impressive statistics, Califano marshals the evidence persuasively. ...Will Califano's formula produce a land of the substance free? One can only hope it will produce a less addicted nation. A brilliant advocate, Joe Califano has made a powerful case." (Read full review )
James Zirin, New York Law Review
"I urge you not to miss this work."
Liz Smith, Columnist, NY Post
A "great source of information."
The O'Reilly Factor
New York Review of Books
"HIGH SOCIETY: A wake-up call of America...and treatment providers."
New York Non-Profit Press
“It’s hard to argue with Califano’s thesis, that substance abuse is a huge, expensive and often tragic problem in the U.S., particularly when it affects children."
“There is much more in this encyclopedic lawyer’s briefs than alcohol and smoking. …(He) powerfully calls attention to the fact that to pay for the messes in personal lives and families and society caused by substance abuse, out of every tax dollar spent in this domain we give 96 cents for more police, judges, emergency rooms, social workers and, especially jails, instead of vastly increasing the amount (4 cents) we give for prevention and treatment.”
"In his most recent book HIGH SOCIETY, Joseph Califano, the chairman of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, offers a harsh, but accurate, look at America’s addiction to addiction. ...Califano points out that substance abuse is the number one cause of just about every social ill—violent and property crimes, excessive health care costs, the disintegration of the family, domestic violence, child abuse, the spread of AIDS, teenage pregnancy, poverty, and of course, prison overcrowding."
Author, Founder of Prison Fellowship and former Special Counsel for President Richard Nixon