The Methamphetamine Crisis: Strategies to Save Addicts, Families, and Communities

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This groundbreaking book detailing the newest drug scourge to hit the streets includes information on the effects of and addiction to methamphetamine on the users, their children and their communities. The comprehensive coverage here includes details of the environmental effects of meth labs, as well as photographs of the physical effects of this drug, including how this form of speed rapidly and grotesquely ages users. Contributors include medical and psychological practitioners, law enforcement officers, public...

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Overview

This groundbreaking book detailing the newest drug scourge to hit the streets includes information on the effects of and addiction to methamphetamine on the users, their children and their communities. The comprehensive coverage here includes details of the environmental effects of meth labs, as well as photographs of the physical effects of this drug, including how this form of speed rapidly and grotesquely ages users. Contributors include medical and psychological practitioners, law enforcement officers, public health specialists, scientists, and child welfare caseworkers. Three chapters are written by meth users in recovery and the parent of an addict. The text also reviews psychological treatments showing some success, and creative steps being taken by communities and court officials to reduce the threat from this so-called poor man's cocaine which has killed adults and children from all economic groups and walks of life.

Currently, professionals and family members have little guidance on how to deal with methamphetamine addicts. This book fills that void by providing information on the meth subculture, what to expect, and how to handle a variety of situations. A solid introduction to the complex nature of this drug is presented, with an emphasis on how families and children are affected by meth use and manufacture. Contributors include Commander Lori Moriarty, named Drug Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Office of the President of the United States, and Dr. Kathryn Wells, a widely known pediatrician recognized for her work with the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Fifteen chapters are presented by Covey in order to provide guidance and advice to professionals working families and children affected by methamphetamine manufacturing and abuse. Covey first describes the basic science and statistics of methamphetamine and its prevalence in the United States. Other contributors explore methamphetamine lab identification and the dangers of methamphetamine production, short- and long-term medical effects of methamphetamine on children and adults, the environmental cleanup of methamphetamine labs, community-based treatment for methamphetamine addiction, psychosocial approaches to methamphetamine dependence, child welfare and methamphetamine, case management, and drug courts. Also included is testimony from an addict and the mother of an addict."

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Reference & Research Book News

"The wide scope of the collection provides broad education about the biological, psychological, and social implications of this illness….There are also testimonials from recovered addicts, which offer an intimate perspective on the challenges posed by methamphetamine addiction….The Methamphetamine Crisis: Strategies to Save Addicts, Families, and Communities is more about the system and culture that consumes and produces methamphetamine and how methamphetamine devastates communities….As such, the book is overall a rich source of information and practical advice for field workers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275993221
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2006
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

HERBERT C. COVEY is a Field Instructor for the Colorado Department of Human Services, and a part-time Instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has authored or co-authored seven earlier books, including Street Gangs Throughout the World (2003) and Images of Older People in Western Art and Society (Praeger, 1991). His current research focuses on methamphetamine addiction, production, treatment and the resulting threats to family and child welfare.

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