Understanding Street Drugs / Edition 2

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This fully updated edition of the essential reference Understanding Drugs provides a complete overview of the key facts and core issues surrounding substance misuse. All commonly-used street drugs are covered, with quick reference guides, helpful diagrams and clear information on each drug's effects, methods of use, legal status, availability, treatment options and associated slang. This edition includes new sections on ketamine, 'date-rape' drugs, and over-the-counter opiate-based drugs, and recent findings on the long-term effects of cannabis and its potential medicinal use, and discussion of the legalisation debate.

This comprehensive handbook is a key resource for teachers, social workers, youth workers, residential home managers, policy makers and parents, enabling readers to recognise drug misuse and confidently offer information and guidance.

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Library Journal
This second edition contains much updated information from the first (1996) edition regarding street drug use and misuse. Although written to address the drug scene in the United Kingdom, there is both relevance and many close parallels to concerns with illicit drug use in the United States. The focus is on young people and delivering education and prevention regarding a problem that is expansive and has no age boundaries. Part 1 provides extensive information on individual street drugs; a brief one- or two-page "Quick Reference Guide" is presented followed by a more in-depth guide that ends with a section on the pros and cons of each street drug. Beginning with cannabis and ending with the new date-rape drugs, the information spans stimulants, hallucinogens, opiates, volatile substances, tranquilizers and sleeping pills, anabolic steroids, and over-the-counter and prescription-only medications. Part 2 explores the effects of substance misuse: signs and symptoms, physical evidence, managing incidents, reasons for misuse, language of abusers, and legislative debate. Thorough, well organized, and easy to read and comprehend, this resource is recommended for school, public, and special libraries with a focus on the misuse of drugs in our society.-Melody Ballard, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno, NV Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843103516
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/7/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 527,565
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 11
2 A brief history of drug use and a snapshot of the current drugs situation in Britain 16
3 Cannabis (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) 27
4 Stimulants 51
6 Hallucinogens 99
6 Opiates 143
7 Volatile substance abuse : 'sniffing' 167
8 Tranquillisers and sleeping pills (anxyiolytics and hypnotics) 190
9 Anabolic steroids 202
10 Over-the-counter and prescription-only medicines 214
11 'Date-rape' drugs 224
12 Signs and symptoms of substance misuse : things you need to look out for 247
13 Physical evidence of possible drug or substance use 256
14 Managing drug-related incidents 264
15 Common reasons for drug and substance misuse, and details of available treatment 290
16 The language of drug and substance abuse 299
17 The legalisation debate 317
App. 1 Formulation of a substance misuse policy 325
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