Drug Use and Abuse: A Comprehensive Introduction / Edition 7

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"This Fourth Edition of Drugs: An Introduction gives readers a broad and thorough understanding of drug abuse - exploring its biological, psychological, and social impact, as well as its history, the business of drugs, drug laws, and law enforcement's response. Author Howard Abadinsky has expanded this edition with the latest information available, new study tools, and an effective 14-chapter organization."--BOOK JACKET.
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A textbook in which Abadinsky (Saint Xavier U., Chicago) offers students a broad introduction to drug abuse policy by examining drug history; biological, psychological, and sociological explanations; the various types of treatment and prevention program; the business of drugs; and drug laws and law enforcement. He does not mention dates for the earlier editions, but says the fourth is updated with new aspects, such as the emerging approach of harm reduction; he has also reorganized it into 14 chapters using a syllabus format. He includes a glossary without pronunciation guides. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495809913
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: SAB 250 Prevention & Education Series
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,092,035
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Abadinsky is professor of criminal justice at St John's University. He served eight years as an inspector for the Cook County, Illinois, sheriff and 15 years as a New York state parole officer and senior parole officer. The founder of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime, he also served as a consultant to the President's Commission on Organized Crime. He holds a B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York, an M.S.W. from Fordham University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 An Introduction to Drug Abuse 1
Ch. 2 Drug Use and Legislation: A History 22
Ch. 3 Drugs and the Nervous System 62
Ch. 4 Depressants 79
Ch. 5 Stimulants 112
Ch. 6 Hallucinogens, Club Drugs, and Marijuana 143
Ch. 7 The Sociology of Drug Abuse 167
Ch. 8 The Psychology of Drug Abuse 186
Ch. 9 Drug Abuse Treatment 203
Ch. 10 Drug Abuse Prevention 246
Ch. 11 The Business of Drugs 262
Ch. 12 Drug Laws and Law Enforcement 299
Ch. 13 Drug Abuse Policy 337
Ch. 14 Drug Maintenance, Decriminalization, and Harm Reduction 363
Glossary 387
References 393
Author Index 429
Subject Index 435
Photo Credits 438
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