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Abusing Over-The-Counter Drugs: Illicit Uses for Everyday Drugs
     

Abusing Over-The-Counter Drugs: Illicit Uses for Everyday Drugs

by Kim Etingoff
 

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The government has approved them. You don't need a prescription. You can get them at practically any supermarket. So obviously over-the-counter medications can't be dangerous, right? Wrong.

When taken in ways other than directed, over-the-counter medications can be just as dangerous as many illegal drugs. And because there's a false sense of security about the

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The government has approved them. You don't need a prescription. You can get them at practically any supermarket. So obviously over-the-counter medications can't be dangerous, right? Wrong.

When taken in ways other than directed, over-the-counter medications can be just as dangerous as many illegal drugs. And because there's a false sense of security about the medications-and because they are in almost everyone's home medicine cabinet-the abuse and misuse of over-the-counter medications are on the rise.

Abusing Over-the-Counter Drugs: Illicit Uses for Everydays Drugs presents the facts about this alarming trend. You'll learn what drugs are most misused, the effects of misused over-the-counter medications, and what the government is doing to stem the problem. You will also find suggestions on how to get help to stop abusing over-the-counter medications.

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VOYA - Donna L. Phillips
This book is part of an eighteen-volume reissue of the 2008 series, Illicit and Misused Drugs , with fresh covers and two new titles: Ecstasy and Dual Diagnosis. Addiction In America describes the concepts, causes, and issues common to all forms of substance abuse. The other books focus on a single substance and describe its history, users, dangers, and treatments. What purportedly sets this series apart is its effort to address the controversies. The information is accessible for its teen audience, and the writing is competent, if rarely compelling. Though the covers are new, the rest appears much the same. A comparison of Addiction In America revealed only the deletion from the new edition of two Web resources from "For More Information." The one-page bibliography has no new entries. (Contrast Marshall Cavendish's 2008 The Facts About Drugs And Society, with its 7-page bibliography, access date for every Internet citation, and entries from late 2006.) Abusing Over The Counter Drugs does describe 2012 legislation to regulate dextromethorphan, but its one-page bibliography includes only Internet resources, none with access dates. If less space were used for stock photos offering little more than a splash of color, more could be devoted to developing the currency and credibility of information. Libraries with the 2008 edition may want to consider the new titles. Otherwise, keep your 2008s, and if there is a need in the collection for something newer, examine other series published in 2012 or those coming out later this year. (Illicit and Misused Drugs) Reviewer: Donna L. Phillips

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422201503
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Series:
Illicit and Misused Drugs Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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