Substance Abuse: A Reference Handbook

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From alcohol and tobacco to marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, Substance Abuse: A Reference Handbook provides readers with a complete overview of legal and illicit drug use. Tracing the history of substance abuse throughout much of human history, the handbook provides scientific data clarifying how various types of addictive substances operate within the human system, both physically and psychologically. It also documents the ways in which various cultures?including modern-day America?have tried to control the use ...

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Overview

From alcohol and tobacco to marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, Substance Abuse: A Reference Handbook provides readers with a complete overview of legal and illicit drug use. Tracing the history of substance abuse throughout much of human history, the handbook provides scientific data clarifying how various types of addictive substances operate within the human system, both physically and psychologically. It also documents the ways in which various cultures—including modern-day America—have tried to control the use of these substances, and the consequences of those efforts.

Containing chronological and biographical sketches, lists of organizations, fundamental documents and data, and a complete annotated bibliography, Substance Abuse enables students to continue their own research.

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Editorial Reviews

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"…his prose is lively and informative. Intended as a subject overview and accessible to lay readers, it is most at home in general collections."

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Library Journal

"…a handy reference for students researching substance abuse…Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers"

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Library Journal
An update to Pedro Ruiz and others' 2007 Substance Abuse Handbook and an informative source of background information to William R. Miller and Kathleen M. Carroll's 2010 Rethinking Substance Abuse, this guide is divided into eight chapters. Readers will find a historical overview, a survey of controversial issues, international perspectives, 21 popular and cult figure profiles, relevant primary documents, and a directory of organizations. Newton (DNA Technology) presents chapters as essays with subheadings, making heavy use of statistics. However, his prose is lively and informative. Intended as a subject overview and accessible to lay readers, it is most at home in general collections.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A comprehensive look at the physical, historical, cultural, and legal aspects of drug use including information regarding drug regulations in foreign countries and the drug culture in the United States. Chapters include "Background and History" (offering a survey of legal and illegal substances); "Problems, Controversies, and Solutions" (testing, legalization, etc.); "Worldwide Perspective"; and a "Chronology," "Directory of Organizations" (with descriptions and web addresses), and annotated lists of additional print and online resources. Of the 21 biographical sketches, two thirds of the subjects featured are American. "Data and Documents" and other chapters include charts and tables with statistics, the most recent of which date from 2008. A glossary and serviceable index are included. In-text citations with complete reference lists at the end of each chapter make this a valuable resource for those researching or debating drug-, alcohol-, and tobacco-related topics.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598845099
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/2/2010
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 298
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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