The State of the Art: The Malcolms’ Examination of Straight, Incorporated, Part 1

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a five-part series from Marcus Chatfield, a regular contributor to Points. Here he continues his examination of Straight, Inc., the controversial adolescent drug treatment program that existed from 1976 to 1993. 

In 2011, I obtained a 31-page report, entitled, An Examination of Straight Incorporated (1981, unpublished), from the Carlton Turner collection in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Archives. Written by Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Andrew I. Malcolm, and his wife Barbara, their favorable assessment of Straight’s controversial methods was an important endorsement during the early stages of Straight’s national expansion.

Screenshot 2016-06-30 09.35.42 Dr. Andrew I. Malcolm

Along with the Malcolms’ report, I obtained several correspondences between Straight executives and White House officials, describing preparations for Straight’s national expansion and some of their efforts to promote the program in the midst of widespread criticism. One of the reasons Straight was able to franchise its operations…

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One thought on “The State of the Art: The Malcolms’ Examination of Straight, Incorporated, Part 1

  1. Not much of a fan of how the DEA enforcement brigade is waging the “war on drugs,” I click to read with trepidation. I don’t have the time to go crazy at present. I’m trusting you, based on what you have posted so far, not to send me off on a wild goose-step chase.

    Always aware that I could learn something that might open my paradigm, my mind is probably fairly made up about the need for a carefully considered differentiation between recreational and medicinal usage of controlled substances – a distinction lost on many of the drug law enforcement “warriors,” I fear.

    Deep breath before I click through to read more.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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