Substance Abuse: A Reference Handbook
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Substance Abuse: A Reference Handbook

by David E. Newton
     
 

This engaging resource handbook offers readers with both a thorough overview of the use and abuse of legal and illegal substances in the United States and a worldwide perspective on the topic.

• Historic court decisions and laws related to substance abuse

• A chronology of pivotal events in the history of substance abuse from prehistory to the present

Overview

This engaging resource handbook offers readers with both a thorough overview of the use and abuse of legal and illegal substances in the United States and a worldwide perspective on the topic.

• Historic court decisions and laws related to substance abuse

• A chronology of pivotal events in the history of substance abuse from prehistory to the present

• An extended annotated bibliography containing more than 100 print and electronic resources on substance abuse

• Complete glossary and index to allow easy referencing of information

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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

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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598845099
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/02/2010
Series:
Contemporary World Issues Series
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

David E. Newton is formerly a high school teacher of mathematics and science in Grand Rapids, MI, professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College, Salem, MA, and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco.

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