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From The CriticsReviewer: Jennifer Parkerson, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: The book provides a broad overview of a variety of drugs and their affects, as well as a list of resources and treatment options. Highlighted sections providing facts on each topic allow quick reference.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide updated facts about drug use, abuse, and addiction with descriptions of the drug's physical and psychological effects. There are also sections on drug treatment and a resource directory, including state and national organizations and hotlines.
Audience: The target audience is the teenage population. It could also be quite relevant for parents, primary care physicians, and educators.
Features: The book provides information on common drugs abused by teens, including sections on herbal supplements and anabolic steroids. Chapters on drug related health concerns, drug policy, treatment options, and an extensive list of resource information are included. The format, which includes bullets, short informational paragraphs, and highlighted facts on each drug topic, is an effective way to reach the teen audience.
Assessment: This is a useful resource for teens and parents. Information is a key in preventing drug abuse and the format is particularly attractive to teens desiring quick information or in-depth knowledge on a variety of drugs and drug topics. This second edition provides updated resources and drug topics not covered in the 2002 edition.