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Overview

While well over one million small-time drug users languish in overcrowded prisons because of nonviolent drug offenses, tens of thousands of others get rich from legal and illegal drugs. Drug company representatives persuade doctors to prescribe inferior products. Children as young as two are routinely given powerful drugs. Legal drugs, taken exactly as prescribed, are a leading cause of illness and death. Scientists beholden to drug companies fabricate and misrepresent data. This eye-opening book richly documents disturbing trends in Western medicine and urges readers toward a broader understanding of drug use and abuse. Leavitt shows how and why American society must change its medical and policy approaches to drugs and re-orient medical practice to new ways of thinking.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
This book will interest college students of nearly any level. Recommended.
Alexander Shulgin
The Real Drug Abusers is a devastating presentation of the propaganda and deceit that defines the pharmaceutical industry. This book presents a fascinating glimpse of the academic, economic, and medical abuses that are associated with legal drugs.
Kevin B. Zeese
The dichotomy that Fred Leavitt highlights demonstrates a need to rethink how we deal with all drugs while we dismantle the damaging war on drugs.
Ethan Nadelmann
By juxtaposing the many ills of the war on drugs with the corruption of the medical-pharmaceutical establishment, Leavitt expertly diagnoses our systemic national pathology concerning drugs—both illegal and legal.
CHOICE
This book will interest college students of nearly any level. Recommended.
Troy Duster
This is one of the most important contributions to the field of drug research of the last decade. It is authoritative in its rendering of the complexities of the drug interaction effects, yet written in a straightforward and available style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742525184
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Leavitt is professor of psychology at California State University, Hayward.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Pharmaceutical/Medical Complex
1 A Significant Portion of Medical Research Cannot Be Trusted 10
2 Drug Companies Place Profits over Progress 37
3 Medical Personnel Prescribe Incorrectly Too Often 61
4 Human Subjects Have Often Been Treated Inhumanely 77
Pt. II Drugs in Psychiatry
5 U.S. Citizens Are Overmedicated with Psychiatric Drugs 87
6 There Are Effective Alternatives to Psychiatric Drugs 111
Pt. III The Wars on Drugs
7 Widely Believed Misperceptions about Drug Addictions Do Great Harm 135
8 Most Citizens Are Harmed Rather than Helped by the Drug Wars 145
9 Many Drugs Are Dangerous 175
10 Extensive Marketing of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Caffeine Causes Great Harm 185
11 Many Individuals and Organizations Benefit from the Drug Wars 195
12 Popular Programs for Combating Drug Abuse are Unsuccessful, While Effective Programs are Underused 209
Pt. IV Appendix: A Brief Introduction to Pharmacology
13 How Drugs Work 225
14 Classification of Psychoactive Drugs 235
15 Variability 244
Epilogue 261
Index 267
About the Author 275
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