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In the midst of the hysteria surrounding drugs — the popularity of "heroin chic," the campaign to legalize marijuana, the danger of "designer" drugs being slipped into drinks on the club scene — there is a growing need for clear information on drugs presented in layman's terms. Based on the most current psychological and pharmacological research, Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy presents a comprehensive, reliable, and unbiased reference to the use and abuse of legal and illegal drugs.
Neither a "just say no" treatise nor a how-to manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make healthier decisions when they "just say know": when they understand in straightforward language how our complex brains really work, and why even small doses of various substances can have such powerful (and sometimes life-threatening) effects.
Without moralizing, Wilkie Wilson and his coauthors Cynthia Kuhn and Scott Swartzwelder, all professors at the Duke University Medical Center, debunk myths and tell the unglamorous truth about drugs including hallucinogens, opiates, inhalants, stimulants, nicotine, and alcohol. Drawing solid facts from their aggregate fields of pharmacology and psychology, the writers also include advice from Wilson's daughter, Heather, and Jeremy Foster, college students who understand the reality of drug use in schools and the pressures facing young people today.
Whether the questions are about young teens who sniff glue to get high, fraternity pledges whogetdrunk as part of "hazing," or older adults who drink wine for the good of their hearts, Buzzed debunks popular myths about drugs and makes the latest scientific research simple and easy to understand.