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Drugs and Society, Eighth Edition clearly illustrates the impact of drug use and abuse on the lives of ordinary people and provides students with a realistic perspective on drug-related problems in our society. Written in an objective and user-friendly manner, this best-selling text captivates students by incorporating personal drug use and abuse experiences. The eighth edition has been revised and updated with the most current information on drug abuse and exposes the issues from a pharmacological, psychological, and sociological perspective.

The authors' combined expertise and extensive experience in research, teaching, drug policy-making, and drug policy implementation makes this the most comprehensive and authoritative introductory text available. Students using this text will learn how to prevent drug use and abuse, the results of such habits, and why and how it occurs, as well as how drugs can be used for therapeutic purposes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763707583
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 562
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Chapter 1 Introduction to Drugs and Society 2
Introduction 4
Drug Use 4
Dimensions of Drug Use 5
An Overview of Drugs in Society 17
Drug Use and Drug Dependence 32
The Costs of Drug Use to Society 34
Venturing to a Higher Form of Consciousness: The Holistic Self-Awareness Approach to Drug Use 41
Chapter 2 Explaining Drug Use and Abuse 48
Introduction 50
Drug Use: A Timeless Affliction 51
The Origin and Nature of Addiction 52
The Vicious Cycle of Addiction 56
Major Theoretical Explanations: Biological 57
Major Theoretical Explanations: Psychological 60
Major Theoretical Explanations: Sociological 63
Danger Signals of Drug Abuse 76
Chapter 3 Drug Use, Regulation, and the Law 84
Introduction 86
Cultural Attitudes About Drug Use 86
The Road to Regulation and the FDA 87
The Regulation of Drug Advertising 92
Drug Abuse and the Law 95
Strategies for Preventing Drug Abuse 101
Current and Future Drug Use 103
Chapter 4 Homeostatic Systems and Drugs 112
Introduction 114
1 Overview of Homeostasis and Drug Actions 114
Introduction to Nervous Systems 114
2 Comprehensive Explanation of Homeostatic Systems 116
The Building Blocks of the Nervous System 116
Major Divisions of the Nervous System 122
The Autonomic Nervous System 124
The Endocrine System and Drugs 126
Conclusion 129
Chapter 5 How and Why Drugs Work 132
Introduction 134
The Intended and Unintended Effects of Drugs 134
The Dose-Response Relationship of Therapeutics and Toxicity 135
Drug Interaction 137
Pharmacokinetic Factors That Influence Drug Effects 139
Adaptive Processes and Drug Abuse 145
Psychological Factors 150
Addiction and Abuse: The Significance of Dependence 150
Chapter 6 CNS Depressants: Sedative-Hypnotics 156
Introduction 158
An Introduction to CNS Depressants 158
Types of CNS Depressants 160
Patterns of Abuse with CNS Depressants 171
Chapter 7 Alcohol: Pharmacological Effects 178
Introduction 180
The Nature and History of Alcohol 181
Alcohol as a Drug 181
The Properties of Alcohol 183
The Physical Effects of Alcohol 184
Effects of Alcohol on Organ Systems and Bodily Functions 190
Chapter 8 Alcohol: A Behavioral Perspective 200
Introduction 202
Alcohol Consumption in the United States 202
Current Statistics and Trends in Alcohol Consumption 203
History of Alcohol in America 212
Defining Alcoholics 216
Cultural Influences 219
College and University Students and Alcohol Use 224
Alcohol Consumption Patterns of Women 227
Alcohol and the Family: Destructive Types of Support and Organizations for Victims of Alcoholics 229
Treatment of Alcoholism 230
Chapter 9 Narcotics (Opioids) 240
Introduction 242
What Are Narcotics? 242
The History of Narcotics 242
Pharmacological Effects 246
Abuse, Tolerance, Dependence, and Withdrawal 248
Other Narcotics 257
Narcotic-Related Drugs 261
Chapter 10 Stimulants 268
Introduction 270
Major Stimulants 270
Minor Stimulants 295
Chapter 11 Tobacco 308
Introduction 310
Tobacco Use: Scope of the Problem 310
Phamacology of Nicotine 316
Cigarette Smoking: A Costly Addiction 323
Who Smokes? 329
The Motivation Not to Smoke 330
Social Issues: Looking to the Future 333
Chapter 12 Hallucinogens (Psychedelics) 338
Introduction 340
The History of Hallucinogen Use 340
Hallucinogen Use Today 342
The Nature of Hallucinogens 342
Types of Hallucinogenic Agents 345
Chapter 13 Marijuana 366
Introduction 368
History and Trends in Marijuana Use 369
Current Use of Marijuana 372
Marijuana: Is It the Assassin of Youth? 376
Is Marijuana Really a Gateway Drug? 377
Misperceptions of Marijuana Use 378
Characteristics of Cannabis 378
The Behavioral Effects of Marijuana Use 380
Therapeutic Uses and the Controversy over Medical Marijuana Use 385
The Physiological Effects of Marijuana Use 389
Chapter 14 Inhalants 400
Introduction 402
History of Inhalants 402
Types of Inhalants 403
Current Patterns and Signs of Abuse 407
Dangers of Inhalant Abuse 409
Treatment of Abuse 409
Chapter 15 Over-the-Counter (OTC), Prescription, and Herbal Drugs 412
Introduction 414
OTC Drugs 414
Prescription Drugs 432
Common Principles of Drug Use 442
Chapter 16 Drug Use Within Major Subcultures 448
Introduction 450
Athletes and Drug Abuse 451
Drug Use Among Women 461
Drug Use in Adolescent Subcultures 468
Drug Use in College Student Subcultures 480
HIV and AIDS: The Disease 485
Who Is at Risk for AIDS? 489
The Entertainment Industry and Drug Use 493
Chapter 17 Drug Use/Abuse Prevention 504
Introduction 506
Drug Prevention Programs 507
Considering the Audience and Approach 509
Comprehensive Prevention Programs for Drug Use and Abuse 511
Drug Prevention Programs in Higher Education 516
Examples of Several Current Large-scale Drug Prevention Programs 518
Problems with Assessing Successes of Drug Prevention Programs 523
Other Alternatives to Drug Use 523
Chapter 18 Treating Drug Dependence 530
Treatment of Addiction 532
Drug Addiction Treatment in the United States 534
Appendices 519
Appendix A Federal Agencies with Drug Abuse Missions 544
Appendix B Drugs of Use and Abuse 546
Index 552
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