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Illegal Drugs: A Complete Guide to Their History, Chemistry, Use and Abuse

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Does Ecstasy cause brain damage? Why is crack more addictive than cocaine? What questions regarding drugs are legal to ask in a job interview? When does marijuana possession carry a greater prison sentence than murder?

Illegal Drugs is the first comprehensive reference to offer timely, pertinent information on every drug currently prohibited by law in the United States.  It includes their histories, chemical properties and effects, medical uses and recreational abuses, and ...

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Overview

Does Ecstasy cause brain damage? Why is crack more addictive than cocaine? What questions regarding drugs are legal to ask in a job interview? When does marijuana possession carry a greater prison sentence than murder?

Illegal Drugs is the first comprehensive reference to offer timely, pertinent information on every drug currently prohibited by law in the United States.  It includes their histories, chemical properties and effects, medical uses and recreational abuses, and associated health problems, as well as addiction and treatment information.

Additional survey chapters discuss general and historical information on illegal drug use, the effect of drugs on the brain, the war on drugs, drugs in the workplace, the economy and culture of illegal drugs, and information on thirty-three psychoactive drugs that are legal in the United States, from caffeine, alcohol and tobacco to betel nuts and kava kava.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452285057
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2003
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 357,217
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

 Dr. Paul Gahlinger has been involved in drug research since 1984 and is a professor of medicine at the University of Utah.  He is a certified substance abuse medical review officer, an FAA aviation medical examiner, and a consultant for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, and a passionate spokesperson on drug issues.

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Table of Contents

Illegal Drugs Preface

Part One: Forbidden Fruit

Chapter 1. Flesh of the Gods—or the Devil's Poison?
The Discovery of Drugs
Substances and spirits The dose makes the poison Use and abuse: the four types of drug Controlled substances How are drugs named?
Why Are Some Drugs Illegal?
Danger to self Danger to others Danger to society Drug terms
Will the "Drug Problem" Ever Be Solved?

Chapter 2. The Long, Strange History of Psychoactive Drugs
Opium: The Pleasures of Poppy Juice
The first drug problem American inventions: the pipe and the syringe Opium Wars
"Soldier's disease": morphine in the American Civil War A better morphine: codeine and heroin Addiction alarms

Marijuana: The Ancient Herb
The big numb A woman's drug Hashish assassins?
The sacred becomes profane Rape and dope Marihuana becomes marijuana Marijuana as medicine Modern recreational use

Cocaine: The Sacred Leaf
Gift from the gods From coca to cocaine The drink of kings and popes Freudian slip Things don't go better with coke

Hallucinogens: Mind, Myth, and Madness
Eleusian mysteries Fear of witches Do hallucinogens cause hallucinations?
Set and setting Military takes notice Psychedelic therapy Counterculture crackdown

Chapter 3. The War on Drugs
A Century of Increasing Drug Control
1906: Pure Food and Drug act
1909: Smoking Opium Exclusion Act
1915: Harrison Narcotic Act
1917: The first War on Drugs
1920: Prohibition
1937: Marihuana Tax Act
1965: Drug Abuse Control Amendments
1970: Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention & Control Act
1972: Nixon's War on Drugs
1981: Reagan's War on Drugs
1984: Comprehensive Crime Control Act
1986: Anti-Drug Abuse Act
1986: Controlled Substances Analogue Enforcement Act
1993: Clinton's War on Drugs
2001: Bush's War on Drugs

How Is a Drug Made Illegal?
How does a substance become a "drug of abuse"?
Five Schedules of Controlled Substances

Drugs Illegal in the United States
Schedule I. Controlled Substances Schedule II. Controlled Substances
Federal and State Drug Laws
Types of drug crime Federal drug penalties: marijuana Federal drug penalties: other drugs
"But Officer . . .!"

Chapter 4. Drug Use and Abuse
The Notion of Substance Abuse
Types of illegal drug use
Drug Use Illnesses
Single-dose problems Intavenous drug use Overdose Long-term problems Withdrawal Pregnancy
Addiction
Substance dependence Stages of addiction Stages of recovery Twelve-step program
Drug Resistance Educational Programs
Fads and fashions Top ten reasons why people use illegal drugs Top ten reasons why people do not use illegal drugs

Chapter 5. Drugs at Work: Employee Drug Testing
Hazards of Drug Use in Industry
Federal regulations: the NIDA 5
Workplace Drug Monitoring
Americans with Disabilities Act Drug testing programs How are people tested for drugs?
Chain of custody Tampered specimens Laboratory analysis

Can Drug Tests Be Fooled?
Adulteration products Diluted urine Legal medications that can cause positive drug tests
What Happens When a Drug Test Is Positive?

Chapter 6. Chemicals and the Brain
The Quickest Way to the Brain
How are drugs taken?
Blood-brain barrier Mental road map

The Anatomy of a Neuron
Mind and matter Electrical signals
Sending and Receiving Signals: Neurotransmitters
Locks and keys Excitement and inhibition Acetylcholine Dopamine Epinephrine GABA and Glutamate Norepinephrine Opioids and endorphins Serotonin Drugs and their neurotransmitters
Natural, Synthetic, and Designer Drugs
Natural drugs Synthetic drugs Designer drugs Testing drug purity
A Little Chemistry (Just Enough to Make Sense of It All)
Simple molecules Breaking down a drug name Opiates and opioids The amphetamine family The indole hallucinogens
Metabolism of Drugs Types of Tolerance A Final Word: The Secret of Psychoactive Drugs
Contact high Non-drug altered states of consciousness

Chapter 7. Just Say Know
Illegal Drug Use Today
By their drugs so shall ye know them National drug surveys Street terms and slang words
The Business of Illegal Drugs
Basic economics: supply and demand Youth employment Prostitution Smuggling World drug trade
Psychoactive Drugs That Are Not Illegal
Alcohol Amanita muscaria Amyl nitrate Ayahuasca Betel nuts Broom Caffeine Calamus California Poppy Catnip Coleus Damiana Datura Dextromethorphan Doña ana Ephedra Hawaiian baby wood rose Henbane Hops Hydrangea Inhalants Kava kava Ketamine Labelia Mandrake Morning Glory Nitrous oxide Nutmeg Salvia divinorum San Pedro Tobacco Trihexylphenidyl Virola
Food for Thought

Part II: Illegal Drugs from A to Z

Alphabetical List of Drugs Illegal in the United States

Chapter 8. Amphetamines
Speed: The Story of Amphetamines
From ephedra to amphetamine Ice The rise of Ritalin Other amphetamine-like drugs You can never be too thin
Who Is Using Amphetamines?
Meth labs Pure speed?
Chemical Characteristics
Testing for amphetamines Legal and illegal amphetamines
Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 9. Barbiturates
Dolls and Devils: The Story of Barbiturates
Three types of barbiturates Valley of the Dolls Downside of the downers
Who Is Using Barbiturates?
The choice of suicides
Chemical Characteristics
Testing for barbiturates
Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 10. Cathinone
Nine Lives of Cat: The Story of Cathinone
Migration of people and their drugs Methcathinone
Who Is Using Cathinone?
Cat contaminants
Chemical Characteristics Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 11. Cocaine
Flake: The Story of Cocaine
Chewing coca Coca becomes powder cocaine Powder cocaine becomes freebase Freebase becomes crack
Who Is Using Cocaine?
Traditional use: Coqueros Medical use Recreational use The Colombian cartels From field to flake: the making of cocaine Economics of crack Pure coke?
Chemical Characteristics
Cocaine and alcohol Testing for cocaine
Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems
Cocaine nose Cocaine lungs Cocaine and the heart Cocaine and the brain Cocaine paranoia Cocaine babies
What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 12. DMT, Bufotenine, and Psilocybin
Businessman's High: The Story of DMT Who Is Using DMT?
Smoking Toad: The Story of Bufotenine
Toxins and toadstools Mayan toad statues Toad licking in Australia Toad smoking in America
Who Is Using Bufotenine?
Magic Mushrooms: The Story of Psilocybin Who Is Using Psilocybin?
Chemical Characteristics
DMT Bufotenine Psilocybin
Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 13. Flunitrazepam
Roofies, Rape, and Robbery: The Story of Flunitrazepam
The "forget-me" pill Easy prey La Rocha becomes illegal
Who Is Using Flunitrazepam?
Why are roofies popular?
Chemical Characteristics
Testing
Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 14. GHB
Dancehall Depressant: The Story of GHB
Body builders Raves GBL BD
Who Is Using GHB?
Making GHB Medical uses
Chemical Characteristics
Effects on the nervous system GHB and sleep Glasgow Coma Scale Effects on the heart Effects on the lungs Other effects Testing
Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose
Emergency Department care

Chapter 15. Ibogaine
Out of Africa: The Story of Ibogaine
Anti-addiction potential
Who Is Using Ibogaine?
Chemical Characteristics
Effects
Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 16. LSD
Acid: The Story of LSD Who Is Using LSD?
Pure LSD?
Chemical Characteristics Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems
Flashbacks
What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 17. Marijuana
Up in Smoke: The Story of Marijuana
Joints and blunts Acapulco Gold and Maui Wowie Sinsemilla Hashish Hash oil Superweed Medical marijuana Marinol: a medical substitute The debate continues
Who Is Using Marijuana?
Going Dutch Medical use NORML
Chemical Characteristics
Effects Marijuana and the brain Drug testing
Withdrawal Signs
Reverse tolerance
Long-term Health Problems
Marijuana and the immune system Other health problems Is marijuana addictive?
What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 18. MDMA
Adam, Eve, and Ecstasy: The Story of MDMA
From amphetamines to MDA Empathy agent Designer drugs Alphabet (and chemical) soup
2C-B

Who Is Using MDMA?
Is that pill Ecstasy?
Chemical Characteristics
Effects Ecstasy and sex Nerve destruction
Withdrawal Signs
Terrible Tuesdays
Long-term Health Problems
Brain damage
What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 19. Methaqualone and Glutethimide
'Luding Out: The Story of Methaqualone and Glutethimide Who Is Using Methaqualone & Glutethimide?
Chemical Characteristics Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 20. Opiates
The First Narcotics: The Story of Opiates
Opium Morphine Codeine Heroin
Medically Used and Abused Opiate Derivatives
Hydrocodone Hydromorphone Ketobimidone Oxycodone Thebaine Tilidine
Opioids: Synthetic Narcotics
Anileridine Etorphine Fentanyl LAAM Meperidine Methadone Propoxyphene Other illegal opioids
Who Is Using Opiates?
Purity of heroin Another form of China White
Chemical Characteristics
Effects Testing for opiates Poppy seed positive
Withdrawal Signs
Treating opiate addiction Ultra-rapid detox
Long-term Health Problems What To Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 21. PCP
Angel Dust: The Story of PCP Who Is Using PCP?
Chemical Characteristics
Testing for PCP
Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Chapter 22. Peyote and Mescaline
Divine Cactus: The Story of Peyote and Mescaline
Varities of hallucinogenic cacti The flesh of God Mescaline The Native American Church Why is peyote illegal?
Whos Is Using Peyote and Mescaline?
Inside an NAC peyote ceremony Mescaline use
Chemical Characteristics Withdrawal Signs Long-term Health Problems What to Do If There Is an Overdose

Part III. Self-help Resources
Self-help Resources
Drug identification Further information Drug abuse prevention and treatment coordinators

Notes Photographic Acknowledgments Index

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