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Encyclopedia of Addictive Drugs
     

Encyclopedia of Addictive Drugs

by Richard L. Miller
 

This comprehensive reference guide describes more than 130 alphabetically arranged drugs of abuse, including both pharmaceutical and natural products. The book begins with a discussion of federal drug scheduling and drug categories. Individual entries for particular substances of abuse follow. Drug descriptions include: correct pronunciation, nicknames or

Overview

This comprehensive reference guide describes more than 130 alphabetically arranged drugs of abuse, including both pharmaceutical and natural products. The book begins with a discussion of federal drug scheduling and drug categories. Individual entries for particular substances of abuse follow. Drug descriptions include: correct pronunciation, nicknames or street names, legal status, historical and present uses and misuses, abuse factors, interactions with other drugs, and findings of cancer risks and birth defects.

Scientific information is presented in a clear, simple manner designed for students and general readers alike. In addition to the A-Z descriptions, Miller provides an explanation of general drug types, such as stimulants and hallucinogens, as well as the aspects of drug abuse, including tolerance and withdrawal. A list of print and electronic sources is also included for readers seeking further information.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-An effective starting point for student research. Concise, clear articles give readers a handle on specific topics while pointing them to further sources for more in-depth information. Facts have been pulled together from numerous scientific reports and journals. The more than 130 substances included are both natural and pharmaceutical products, all associated with misuse and addiction. Listed by common name, the initial citation includes pronunciation, Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number, formal and informal names, drug type, U.S. availability, and more. The accompanying article discusses uses, drawbacks, abuse factors, drug interactions, cancer risks, and effects on pregnancy, and concludes with a bibliography. The introduction and explanation of drug types will help readers make sense of these substances as chemical compounds with pharmaceutical effects. Miller notes that this subject is "an emotionally charged" one and focuses on scientific fact and consensus. While the subject index is adequate, the drug name index is extensive, listing many common and street names for substances.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313318078
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2002
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

ICHARD LAWRENCE MILLER is an independent scholar.

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