by M. Foster Olive


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Crack by M. Foster Olive

Soon after it was introduced to the world in the 1980s, crack cocaine became synonymous with inner-city problems. While this correlation was common in sensationalized media stories about the drug, it is only one part of crack's larger story. Crack explores the drug's history, the ever-changing demographics of its users, and the relationship between crack and crime. The book also explains the physical, psychological, social, and legal effects this drug has on its users. In addition, Crack examines why this form of cocaine is so addictive and discusses current approaches to the treatment of addiction to crack.

Drugs are everywhere-on our streets, in our homes, and in our schools-but straight facts about drugs are not. Drugs: The Straight Facts provides straightforward information on the history and use of crucial, lifesaving medications as well as the world's most widely abused substances, along with easy-to-understand explanations of how these substances can harm or heal the mind and body of the user.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791097106
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Series: Drugs Series: The Straight Facts
Pages: 85
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

The Use and Abuse of Drugs   David J. Triggle, Ph.D.     6
An Overview of Crack Cocaine     8
Why Is Crack So Addictive?     18
History of Crack Cocaine     25
Demographics of Crack Use     37
Crack, Crime, and Violence     44
Psychological and Medical Consequences of Crack Use     52
Prevention and Treatment of Crack Addiction     62
Drug Enforcement Administration Classification of Controlled Substances     70
Notes     71
Glossary     74
Bibliography     78
Further Resources     79
Index     80
About the Author     85
About the Editor     85

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