Drugs and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration / Edition 1

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Overview

"...the authors provide a detailed review of existing drug policy in the United States and an excellent and thorough review of the effects of both legal and illegal substances. One of the book's outstanding features is its comprehensive coverage of policy regarding legal and non legal drugs...this book is also extremely thought provoking and challenges readers to consider the foundation of their own perspectives on drugs and drug policies. " —PSYCCRITIQUES

Drugs and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration provides a cross-national perspective on the regulation of drug use by examining and critiquing drug policies in the United States and abroad in terms of their scope, goals, and effectiveness. In this engaging text, authors Clayton J. Mosher and Scott Akins discuss the physiological, psychological, and behavioral effects of legal and illicit drugs; the patterns and correlates of use; and theories of the “causes” of drug use.

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Editorial Reviews

Psyc CRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology
"...the authors provide a detailed review of existing drug policy in the United States and an excellent and thorough review of the effects of both legal and illegal substances. One of the book's outstanding features is its comprehensive coverage of policy regarding legal and non legal drugs...this book is also extremely thought provoking and challenges readers to consider the foundation of their own perspectives on drugs and drug policies. " -PSYCCRITIQUES— Clayton Neighbors
G. A. Blevins
"Mosher and Akins challenge readers' preconceptions and beliefs regarding drug use."
Psyc Critiques - Clayton Neighbors
"...the authors provide a detailed review of existing drug policy in the United States and an excellent and thorough review of the effects of both legal and illegal substances. One of the book's outstanding features is its comprehensive coverage of policy regarding legal and non legal drugs...this book is also extremely thought provoking and challenges readers to consider the foundation of their own perspectives on drugs and drug policies. " —PSYCCRITIQUES
Peter Adler
Dear Clayton and Scott,

I am just finishing up my winter quarter class, "Drugs and Society," in which I used your book, Drugs and Drug Policy. To be honest, I took a chance on the book…My chance was well rewarded. The student feedback on the book was excellent. They thought that you were very even-measured in your presentation, pitched at the right level, and they learned a lot about things they thought they knew, but, alas, did not! Most especially, I also took a chance on including some of the Internet exercises as homework assignments … and those ended up being a huge hit…. I will be teaching the course again next year and I see no reason why I would not use [Drugs and Drug Policy] again…. I thank you both for a superb job [creating this book]. It certainly made my class better.”

—Peter Adler, University of Denver, Past President, Midwest Sociological Society

Psyc CRITIQUES
"...the authors provide a detailed review of existing drug policy in the United States and an excellent and thorough review of the effects of both legal and illegal substances. One of the book's outstanding features is its comprehensive coverage of policy regarding legal and non legal drugs...this book is also extremely thought provoking and challenges readers to consider the foundation of their own perspectives on drugs and drug policies."

—Psyc CRITIQUES

PsycCRITIQUES
"...the authors provide a detailed review of existing drug policy in the United States and an excellent and thorough review of the effects of both legal and illegal substances. One of the book's outstanding features is its comprehensive coverage of policy regarding legal and non legal drugs...this book is also extremely thought provoking and challenges readers to consider the foundation of their own perspectives on drugs and drug policies."

—PsycCRITIQUES

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761930075
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 846,834
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Clayton Mosher received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University Vancouver. He is the author of several books and articles in the areas of inequality in criminal justice system processing, drugs and drug policies, and the impact of prison construction on employment. Besides co-authoring the Second Edition of Drugs and Drug Policy, he co-authored the Second Edition of The Mismeasure of Crime (SAGE, 2012) with Terance Miethe and Timothy Hart.

Scott Akins received his Ph.D. in sociology at Washington State University in 2002 and is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at Oregon State University. His research interests include drug use and policy; immigration, drug use and crime; and the intersection of disadvantage, ethnicity, and crime. His recent work has been published in Justice Quarterly and the Journal of Drug Issues.

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Table of Contents

Drug Controversies and Demonization
Theories of Drug Use
The Effects of Drugs (Part I)
The Effects of Drugs (Part II)
Patterns of Illegal Drug Use
Patterns of Legal Drug Use
Policies Regulating Illegal Drugs
Drug Prevention Programs
Drug Treatment
Policies Regulating Legal Drugs - Part I - Alcohol and Tobacco
Policies Regulating Legal Drugs - Part II - Prescription and Performance Enhancing Drugs and Herbal Supplements
Drug Policies in Other Countries and United States Influence

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