Drug Use and Abuse: A Comprehensive Introduction

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Cengage Learning, Jun 1, 2010 - Education - 496 pages
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Packed with the latest data and research, the powerful new Seventh Edition of Howard Abadinsky’s DRUG USE AND ABUSE: A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION delivers a thorough, interdisciplinary survey of all aspects of drug and alcohol abuse. The text draws from the many disciplines of history, law, pharmacology, political science, social work, counseling, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice -- resulting in the most comprehensive, authoritative single source available. Coverage includes the history of drugs, their impact on society, the pharmacological impact of drugs on the body, drug policy implications, the criminal justice system response, the drug business, law enforcement, theories of use, as well as the effects, treatment, and prevention of abuse. Completely current, the Seventh Edition also includes new coverage of neuroenhancers, the Michael Jackson drug propofol, tobacco and alcohol as gateway drugs, changes in heroin, Mexican drug cartels, the connection between drugs and terrorists, and much more.
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Contents

An Introduction to Drug Use and Abuse
1
Drug Use Drug Abuse and Drug Legislation A History
28
The Biology of Drug Use and Abuse
72
Depressants
89
Stimulants
122
Hallucinogens Club Drugs Marijuana Inhalants and Prescription Drugs
153
The Sociology of Drug Abuse
186
The Psychology of Drug Use and Abuse
206
The Business of Drugs
290
Drug Laws and Law Enforcement
334
Drug Use and Abuse Policy I The US Model
372
Drug Use and Abuse Policy II Decrimnalization and Harm Reduction
393
Glossary
422
References
427
Name Index
465
Subject Index
471

Drug Use and Abuse Prevention
224
Drug Use and Abuse Treatment
244

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About the author (2010)

Howard Abadinsky is professor of criminal justice at St. John's University. A graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, he has a PhD in sociology from New York University. Prior to entering academia, he was a New York State Parole Officer and Senior Parole Officer and a Cook County, Illinois, Deputy Sheriff/Inspector. He was a consultant to the President's Commission on Organized Crime and founder of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime. Dr. Abadinsky is the author of several books, including THE CRIMINAL ELITE: ORGANIZED AND PROFESSIONAL CRIME; PROBATION AND PAROLE: THEORY AND PRACTICE; DRUG USE AND ABUSE; and LAW, COURTS, AND JUSTICE IN AMERICA.

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