Drugs in Society: Causes, Concepts and Control

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Routledge, Nov 22, 2010 - Political Science - 552 pages
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This work focuses on the many critical areas of America?s drug problem, providing a foundation for rational decision making within this complex and multidisciplinary field. Broken into three sections: Understanding the Problem, Gangs and Drugs, and Fighting Back, topics covered include the business of drugs and the role of organized crime in the drug trade, drug legalization and decriminalization, legal and law enforcement strategies, an analysis of the socialization process of drug use and abuse, and a historical discussion of drug abuse that puts the contemporary drug problem into perspective.



  • Thoughtful analysis of the diverse perspectives on dealing with the impact of drug use and drug trafficking on American society
  • A close look at the growing influence of Mexican cartels on the drug-trafficking landscape and the impact of their activity in and around the U.S. border
  • Text is supplemented with photos, charts, critical thinking tasks, learning objectives, key terms, and discussion questions
  • Appendices cover drug scheduling and federal trafficking penalties
 

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Contents

Understanding the Problem
1
The History of Drug Abuse
35
Understanding Drugs of Abuse
61
The Illicit Drug Trade
125
Domestic Drug Production
165
Gangs and Drugs
231
Domestic DrugTrafficking Organizations
255
Foreign DrugTrafficking Organizations
285
Critical Issues in Drug Control
355
The Issue of Legalizing Drugs
391
Understanding Drug Control Policy
419
Control Through Treatment and Prevention
445
Drug Scheduling
477
Appendix II Gangs Highlighted by the National Drug Intelligence Center1
489
References
501
Index
521

Fighting Back
323

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