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.
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
Further Resources 79
About the Author 85
About the Editor 85