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This book by Gwinnell (Sch. of Professional Psychology, Univ. of Portland) and medical writer Adamec, author of other health titles in this series, boasts approximately 200 A-to-Z entries on legal and illegal drugs and their effects on society. All entries include discussions of abusive use as well as drug use in medically prescribed settings, covering a wide range of topics, among them, anxiety disorders, child abuse, and drug-free zones. The articles range in length from a few paragraphs to a few pages. Most longer articles include bibliographies and many also include helpful See also references. Several appendixes precede the volume's index, including some interesting data tables along with contacts to relevant state agencies and departments. The index is thorough, although the only index entry for laudanum, for example, refers the reader to a mention in the introduction. However, if the reader studied the "opiates/opium" entry, he or she would be able to locate additional information regarding the use of this drug.