Something Dangerous: Emergent and Changing Illicit Drug Use and Community Health / Edition 1

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"This research-based, theory-driven ethnographic account of the changing underground world of drug use and associated health effects covers the essential ground in a succinct, authoritative fashion. After a thorough outline of the nature and history of drug use dynamics, the author assesses the role of youth in new drug use practices, the impact of illicit drug distribution and the war on drugs, and the public health risks of trends in drug use behavior. Additionally, it considers mechanisms for effective public health response to emergent health risks associated with changing drug use patterns." Because Singer carefully explains all technical terms, uses clarifying examples, and avoids jargon, readers will walk away from this volume with a deeper grasp of this social problem, with appreciation for how change figures into drug use practices; and with knowledge of key social, cultural, political-economic, criminal justice, and health factors. Ideal as a text in the undergraduate classroom, its targeted focus and careful exploration of new concepts and theories also make it appealing for use at more advanced levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577663768
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Assessing emergent and changing drug use practices 9
2 The colonial era to drug criminalization 35
3 The era of drug criminalization to the 1960s 55
4 The '60s drug transition to the time of AIDS 73
5 The role of youth in new drug use practices 99
6 Club drugs and beyond 123
7 Dealers on the street : the impact of drug marketing 149
8 The war on drugs 167
9 Health consequences of changing drug use patterns 187
10 Emergent drug-related risk and public health responses 219
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