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Amphetamines: Danger in the Fast Lane

Amphetamines: Danger in the Fast Lane

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by Scott E. Lukas, Solomon H. Snyder (Editor)

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Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs Series
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6.50(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.55(d)
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12 - 16 Years

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Laura-DeMartino More than 1 year ago
Amphetamines: Danger In The Fast Lane is a great addition to The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs. In the foreward, Lukas gives an introduction to what Amphetamines are and how they effect America. Amphetamines are a group of chemically related drugs that produce similar behavioral effects; They all increase the activity of the brain. I thought it was interesting that the United States has the highest level of psychoactive drug use. Chapter One covers the history of Amphetamines. It talks about how Amphetamines have been used in medicine, through curing hiccups and seasickness all the way to treating schizophrenia and cerebral palsy. Chapter Two covers the path that users will take when they become abusers. It explains what is considered abuse in the drug world and what kinds of doses can lead to abuse. Chapter Three is all about the behavioral effects of using Amphetamines. It talks about the increased physical activities that the body will do. I liked how it did not JUST focus on the bad; the book also touched on the benefits of taking Amphetamines and that it can make one think more clearly. Also that if taken after drinking alcohol, it counteracts with it and leaves the person feeling normal. Chapter Four is all about the effects Amphetamines have on the Brain and the Body. It thoroughly explains how Amphetamines attack the neurons in the brain and causes the internal organs to function differently. Chapter Five talks about Amphetamine Addiction. It talks about how Amphetamine addiction can be much harder to see than other addictions. Amphetamine addiction can be seen by other people as mere enthusiasm and poor judgement. Chapter Six is all about Amphetamine Psychosis. It explains that after chronic Amphetamine use, the user can develop a form of psychosis that induces extreme auditory and visual hallucinations. Chapter Seven is about the toxic effects of Amphetamines. This mostly emphasizes on the irregular heartbeats and possibly death-causing effects on the body. It also somewhat touches on pregnancy defects while using Amphetamines. Chapter Eight goes a little further nito the medical uses of Amphetamines. It is mostly about how these drugs are used now, not in the past. Finally, Chapter Nine talks about Amphetamines and the Law. It explains the classifications of Amphetamines and how laws have made them harder to buy on the street. I would reccomend this book for anyone who is trying to find correct, thorough information on Amphetamines. Anyone from reasonably smart teenagers to adults could read this and understand what it is saying. Some of the topics are in depth, but nothing is impossible to understand.