Forbidden Drugs / Edition 3

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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.

The book contains no figures.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This excellent introduction to the common drugs of abuse reviews their historical background, their use, their abuse, and various drug policies to regulate them.
Purpose: The intent is to set out what is known about various drugs of abuse, the natural history of drug use, why people take drugs, the meaning of addiction, and the available treatment.
Audience: The book is intended for any individual, clinician or nonclinician, student or lay person, interested in an overview of various recreational drugs, their history, use, abuse, consequences, and public policies to control them.
Features: It provides accurate and easy to understand information on most drugs of abuse in the U.S. and abroad. The book begins by looking at the various explanations for why individuals and cultures use these substances as well as the overall consequences of drug abuse. The chapters on individual drugs are organized into sections reviewing their historical background, preparation, distribution, scientific information, beneficial effects, recreational use, and unwanted effects. It reviews alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, stimulants, psychedelics, inhalants, club drugs, steroids, tranquillizers, and opioids. The final chapters explore the course of addictions, various treatments, ending with a review of the effectiveness of international drug policy.
Assessment: This is an easy to read book for those new to the study of drug abuse and as well as a worthwhile read for those in the field, whether students, clinicians, or involved in public policy. It provides a fair and balanced view of recreational drugs, placing them in historical and cultural perspective. It also provides an overview of our understanding of drug abuse from a biological, psychological, and cultural perspective as well as various treatments and public policies to deal with this issue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199559961
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/21/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Philip Robson (MBBS, MRCP, FRCPsych) gained experience in hospital medicine, clinical pharmacology and drug development before training as a psychiatrist. He has worked in drug dependency units in Melbourne and London and developed a regional service for drug users in Oxfordshire. Since 2000 he has worked with GW Pharmaceuticals plc in exploring the therapeutic potential of cannabis-based medicines.

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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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