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

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 95%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (16) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $55.47   
  • Used (14) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:


Condition: New

Ships from: Chicago, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


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.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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

Read More Show Less

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 Consultant Psychiatrist, Regional Consultant in Addictive Behaviour, and Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Oxford

Read More Show Less

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)