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

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Plume, 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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1a) What is the topic of your book? My book was all about the list of Illegal drugs, and the information about
them, including the things that come with them such as symptoms, results, etc.
1b) Who is the intended audience? The Intened audience for this book is anyone who wants to learn more about the illegal drugs. This will probably not be read by children but definitely people of around our age and up.
2a) What is the point of the book? The point of this bok was to educate people about the bad things that come associated with these illegal drugs as well as the history and information about most of them.
2b) Does the author accomplish his/her goal? Yes, I think that the author did acoomplish their goal and that in doing so, they gave a valuable piece of information that can be passed throughout the communities and more people can be informed about what is consuming the youth of the country.
3) How well was the book written? Was it clear? Concise? Coherent? I do think that this book was clearly written and that is got to the point on a few things, it also identified most of the information that was desired.
4) Does the author consider other points of view? Should he/she? At times, there is also other benifiting factors to some drugs, not the medical long term but for people that don’t really care, it can be an escape. The Author does a good job at naming the bad things that come with them.
5a) What was the best part of the book? I liked the part about marijuana because it just showed me all of the bad things associated with the most popular drug throughout the country.
5b) What did the author do well? The author did a good job addressing the information that was brought with the drugs and the unknown things about them.
5c) How could the book be improved? The book could be improved in very little ways I though, I liked the overall writing of the book and everything about it. Just a few little things, I think that the author should try to give a better opposing point of view at some times so that other people can see both sides of it and not just his.
6a) To whom do you recommend this book? I would recommend this book to anybody.
6b) Why? This be because it educated about the life of drugs and the things that are associated with them. It will inform everyone and that way they will be more knowledgable about the drugs that are illegal.
7a) Should this book be added to (or kept on) the list for next year's chemistry classes? Why? Because being a school in San Fransisco, it is important to know a list of drugs that are illegal and not to be used. They should be educated just as I am now and use what is the best information given to let them learn what is happening and what is illegal and the results that come with them.
7b) Should this book be added to the library's book collection? Hm, this is a maybe because mainly, this book might not be read unless people are extremily interested, for example. I would never have picked up this book in a library but when it was on the list for chemistry I thought it was a fun, good choice.
8) How well did the book serve Mr. Halkyard's purpose in this assignment? It did a great job, I think that being a different project, people enjoyed every minute of it. They realized that we have something different that we are doing and its not a workbook. This book did a good job helping this assignment and I think is one of the more interesting of the books on the list.
 

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 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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