Buzzed: Straight Facts about Most Used Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy

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The third edition of the essential, accessible source for understanding how drugs work and their effects on body and behavior.

Together, the first two editions of Buzzed have sold over 120,000 copies—and now the authors have revised and updated the book to include the most recent discoveries about drugs, including new information on the energy drinks craze, prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Ambien, and the date-rape drug GHB. ...
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Overview

The third edition of the essential, accessible source for understanding how drugs work and their effects on body and behavior.

Together, the first two editions of Buzzed have sold over 120,000 copies—and now the authors have revised and updated the book to include the most recent discoveries about drugs, including new information on the energy drinks craze, prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Ambien, and the date-rape drug GHB. Scientifically accurate and easy to read, this no-nonsense handbook gives the most balanced, objective information available on the most often used and abused drugs, from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine to heroin, Ecstasy, and methamphetamine. In both quick-reference summaries and in-depth analysis, it reports on how these drugs enter the body, how they manipulate the brain, their short-term and long-term effects, the kinds of "high" they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly.

Neither a "Just Say No" treatise nor a "How to" manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make better decisions with accurate information at hand. 8 pages of color illustrations.
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This book provides in-depth, comprehensive discussions of the effects of most recreationally used and abused substances, including alcohol, caffeine, hallucinogens, sedatives, steroids, and inhalants. Each chapter covers a different drug or category of drugs and provides a social and legal history of the drug's usage, descriptions of the effects on the brain and body, risks, side effects, and myths. The descriptions can be quite technical, especially in the sections describing the physical effects, but the organization of the information lends itself to school assignments. The authors' philosophy is that a fully informed person can make intelligent judgments about drug usage. They provide a fair and balanced view that for the most part neither says "no" nor "yes," but rather "here are the facts, you decide." Dangers are clearly pointed out. For example, in the most strongly worded warning in the book, the authors state about the use of inhalants such as benzene, methanol, and chloroform, "We take the position that these compounds are so toxic to both the first-time user and the long-term user that they should never be used under any circumstance." It is interesting to note that socially accepted drugs such as nicotine and caffeine are treated in the same manner as ecstasy and cocaine. The straightforward and frank style of this book will appeal to good readers and to teens who are curious about mind-altering drugs and want to know the facts. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, W. W. Norton, 320p.; Glossary. Index.Illus. Biblio. Further Reading., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Patrick Jones
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324938
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/19/2003
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 345
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson are professors of pharmacology, psychiatry and psychology, and pharmacology, respectively, at the Duke University Medical Center.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 15
Just Say Know (A College Student's Perspective) 21
Test Your Drug Knowledge 25
Alcohol 31
Caffeine 59
Ecstasy 74
Hallucinogens 83
Herbal Drugs 110
Inhalants 122
Marijuana 134
Nicotine 162
Opiates 175
Sedatives 193
Steroids 203
Stimulants 210
Brain Basics 233
Drug Basics 249
Addiction 259
Legal Issues 269
Further Reading 281
Glossary of Drug-Related Street Terms/Slang Words 291
Index 331
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    informative and fun to read

    i've read some books about drugs in the past that are boring and talk to you more about not doing a drug and stuff you could care less about than they do about its effects. buzzed is the complete opposite. it gives you straight facts about so many different kinds of drugs from caffeine to heroin. i bought this book a few years ago and it still keeps me well informed to this day. anyone who is considering experimenting a drug for the first time should definitely read this book. or if you just like to learn about drugs and their effects on the mind and body then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    Information packed.

    I have read alot of drug information books, went threw hell myself,, this one is pretty good, alot of usefull information...thumbs up..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    Helpful, to me...if you know what I mean

    Helpful, at least now i know what Im doing to my brain...

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