Forbidden Drugs / Edition 3

Forbidden Drugs / Edition 3

by Philip Robson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199559961

ISBN-13: 9780199559961

Pub. Date: 09/21/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Recreational drug use is a world-wide phenomenon. Despite the best efforts of governments, the public fascination with drugs shows no signs of abating. With media accounts of illegal drug use often verging on the hysterical, this book provides a refreshingly balanced and honest account of drug use throughout the world, one based on scientific fact, and not on dogma

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Overview

Recreational drug use is a world-wide phenomenon. Despite the best efforts of governments, the public fascination with drugs shows no signs of abating. With media accounts of illegal drug use often verging on the hysterical, this book provides a refreshingly balanced and honest account of drug use throughout the world, one based on scientific fact, and not on dogma. The book examines all the drugs currently used throughout the world, looking at their effects and side-effects. Why do peple use drugs? Why do they become addicted? What are the lessons to be learned from making drugs illegal? Updated for the third edition with chapters rewritten to take account of scientific, epidemiological and political developments since the second edition, and with a new section on the present and future US drug policy from high-profile contributors, the book provides a much needed rational approach to the problem of drug use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199559961
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/21/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

ch. 1Why use drugs?1
ch. 2The consequences of drug use19
ch. 3Alcohol35
ch. 4Tobacco54
ch. 5Cannabis66
ch. 6Cocaine, amphetamines, and other stimulants87
ch. 7Psychedelics and hallucinogens109
ch. 8The inhalants127
ch. 9Ecstasy and other 'party drugs'137
ch. 10Anabolic steroids150
ch. 11Tranquillizers and sleeping pills155
ch. 12Heroin and the opioids170
ch. 13The nature of addiction197
ch. 14Helping problem drug users217
ch. 15Drug policy - a time for change?239
Selected bibliography and references260
Index287

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