Drugs and the Human Body : With Implications for Society / Edition 6

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For undergraduate-level courses in Chemistry, Biology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice, this text addresses the effects of high-use, high-abuse drugs in America in a timely and straightforward fashion. It reflects the most recent research on the most highly addictive drugs, including street, over-the-counter, and prescription drugs. It is designed to be easily accessible to the nonscience major, yet comprehensive enough for use by the practicing professional.

  • NEW-Over two dozen real-life case studies.
  • NEW-A full chapter on drugs in sports.
  • NEW-Over 190 Web sites-Lists relevant, reliable sites at the end of each chapter.
  • NEW-Women's health issues-Features major additions and updates, including drugs in pregnancy and designer estrogens.
  • Timely information on the latest street and designer drugs-Gives special attention to their composition, addictive potential, and withdrawal symptoms. Includes photos.
  • Extensive introductory chapters-Address definitions, concepts, theories, and laws that can be applied generally to many drug categories, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
  • Over 300 in-chapter and end-of-chapter study questions.
  • Includes valuable reference tools - e.g., a glossary of over 200 terms; n appendix of chemical structures for 14 categories of pharmacologically active compounds; DAWN Data summaries pinpointing which drugs are causing problems, where in America, and to whom.

Describes where drugs come from, federal laws, painkillers, cocaine, caffeine, nicotine, OTCs, street drugs

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A college-level textbook that will admirably serve those collecting general books in this fashionable subject. Liska is authoritative, easily readable, and a calm center in the cyclone. He deals with therapeutic and recreational drugs, physiology, sources, testing for safety and efficacy and well as for abuse, and prices--both legitimate and illicit. Interesting reading, packed with information. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130401724
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 10/18/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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ATTENTION STUDENTS! This book is loaded with fascinating facts. To obtain the most from it, I urge you to make use of the following items:

  • More than 190 Web sites (URLs) are now included for your browsing. They have been selected for quality and pertinence to our coverage. Here are 3 super introductory sites you can browse right away:
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Magic Bullets 1
Ch. 2 Where Drugs Come From 31
Ch. 3 Federal Laws: The FDA and Testing; Penalties for Illicit Use 70
Ch. 4 What Happens to Drugs After We Take Them 96
Ch. 5 Drugs at the Synapse 123
Ch. 6 The Painkillers 141
Ch. 7 Cocaine, Amphetamines, Caffeine, Nicotine, and Other Stimulants 175
Ch. 8 The Barbiturates: Taking the Good with the Bad 217
Ch. 9 Alcohol and 100 Million Americans 227
Ch. 10 The Major and Minor Tranquilizers 266
Ch. 11 Marijuana 283
Ch. 12 Hallucinogens, Street Drugs, and Some Observations 302
Ch. 13 The Pill: An Update 341
Ch. 14 Nonnarcotic Pain Relievers: Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, Ketoprofen, and Fenoprofen 359
Ch. 15 Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs and Chemicals 377
Ch. 16 Personal Drug Testing 409
App. I Structure-Activity Relationships (SARs) 431
App. II Answers and Discussion: Understanding Alcoholism 442
App. III DAWN Data Summary 450
App. IV: Glossary 455
Index 463
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