Forbidden Drugs: Understanding Drugs and Why People Take Them / Edition 2

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Overview

This new edition of Forbidden Drugs details the various illicit drugs and their effects, and considers the reasons people use them and become addicted, the risks involved, and treatments for drug-related problems. The new edition includes additional chapters on drugs that have been illegal in the past, or still are in some countries, such as alcohol and tobacco, and a new chapter on drug use in sport. The style and format of the book have also been changed to make it more reader friendly, and to give it greater appeal to a wider audience.

The book contains no figures.

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"Chapters on specific drugs are packed with the requisite detail on physical and psychological effects, but it's his fascinating snippets of historical trivia that one most remembers."--The Journal

"Highly readable, often entertaining, educational account of exactly what we know about recreational drugs; who uses them, how each class of drug works and the biological basis of addiction....The book's historical accounts of abused drugs make fascinating reading whatever your view on legalization...." --Nature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192629555
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Robson is a Consultant Psychiatrist, Regional Consultant in Addictive Behaviour, and Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

ch. 1 Why use drugs? 1
ch. 2 The consequences of drug use 19
ch. 3 Alcohol 35
ch. 4 Tobacco 54
ch. 5 Cannabis 66
ch. 6 Cocaine, amphetamines, and other stimulants 87
ch. 7 Psychedelics and hallucinogens 109
ch. 8 The inhalants 127
ch. 9 Ecstasy and other 'party drugs' 137
ch. 10 Anabolic steroids 150
ch. 11 Tranquillizers and sleeping pills 155
ch. 12 Heroin and the opioids 170
ch. 13 The nature of addiction 197
ch. 14 Helping problem drug users 217
ch. 15 Drug policy - a time for change? 239
Selected bibliography and references 260
Index 287
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