In modern times, the words cocaine and crack are common in news stories about major drug busts, illegal drug trafficking, and deadly overdoses. Yet these drugs are made from the leaves of cocoa plants, which grow naturally in abundance in South America, and pure cocaine has been used as an energy booster and pain reliever for thousands of years. Cocaine and Crack examines how cocaine became an illegal drug after many years of legal use in commercial products, and explains why crack was formulated in the 1980s to make a cheaper and more powerful version of the addictive drug. Information about these drugs' effects on the body and mind and advice on how to overcome addiction to them are also included.
Junior Drug Awareness helps young readers understand the truth about various drugs they have heard about, including some of the drugs most widely abused by preteens and teens. Each book explains the history of various drugs, their effects on the body, why people use them, and how people can stop using them. Pop culture references and news stories from around the world provide powerful examples to hold readers' interest.