Illegal Drugs: A Complete Guide to Their History, Chemistry, Use and Abuse

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Penguin, 2004 - Medical - 456 pages
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Illegal Drugs is the first comprehensive reference to offer timely, pertinent information on every drug currently prohibited by law in the United States.  It includes their histories, chemical properties and effects, medical uses and recreational abuses, and associated health problems, as well as addiction and treatment information.

Additional survey chapters discuss general and historical information on illegal drug use, the effect of drugs on the brain, the war on drugs, drugs in the workplace, the economy and culture of illegal drugs, and information on thirty-three psychoactive drugs that are legal in the United States, from caffeine, alcohol and tobacco to betel nuts and kava kava.

  

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User Review  - Derekbarrientos - Goodreads

Reading Illegal drugs educated me much in my knowledge of drugs and what they do. The author wrote this book to educate people about illegal drugs, and to me, he did a great job in doing so. At first ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Horsley - Goodreads

I feel that the author did a very good job of accomplishing his goal to educate the readers about drugs. When I first read this book, I expected to be reading another boring book on drugs, but it was ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
vii
Flesh of the Godsor the Deals Poison?
3
The Long Strange History of Psychoactive Drugs
17
The War on Drugs
55
Drug Use and Abuse
87
Drugs at Work Employee Drug Testing
107
Chemicals and the Brain
127
Just Say Know
163
DMT Bufotenine and Psilocybin
263
Flunitrazepam
277
GHB
285
Ibogaine
299
LSD
307
Marijuana
319
MDMA
337
Methaqualone and Glutethimide
351

Illegal Drugs from A to Z
195
Amphetamines
203
Barbiturates
223
Cathinone
231
Cocaine
239
Opiates
359
PCP
385
Peyote and Mescaline
393
SelfHelp Resources
413
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About the author (2004)

 Dr. Paul Gahlinger has been involved in drug research since 1984 and is a professor of medicine at the University of Utah.  He is a certified substance abuse medical review officer, an FAA aviation medical examiner, and a consultant for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center, and a passionate spokesperson on drug issues.

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