Methamphetamine: Its History, Pharmacology and Treatment

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Hazelden Publishing, Aug 19, 2009 - Reference - 296 pages
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In recent years, the media have inundated us with coverage of the horrors that befall methamphetamine users, and the fires, explosions, and toxic waste created by meth labs that threaten the well-being of innocent people. In Methamphetamine: Its History, Pharmacology, and Treatment, the first book in Hazelden's Library of Addictive Drugs series, Ralph Weisheit and William L. White examine the nature and extent of meth use in the United States, from meth's early reputation as a "wonder drug" to the current perception that it is a "scourge" of society.

In separating fact from fiction, Weisheit and White provide context for understanding the meth problem by tracing its history and the varying patterns of use over time, then offer an in-depth look at:the latest scientific findings on the drug's effects on individualsthe myths and realities of the drug's impact on the mindthe national and international implications of methamphetamine productionthe drug's impact on rural communities, including a case study of two counties in the Midwestissues in addiction and treatment of meth.Thoroughly researched and highly readable, Methamphetamine offers a comprehensive understanding of medical, social, and political issues concerning this highly impactful drug.

Written for professionals and serious lay readers by nationally recognized experts, the books in the Library of Addictive Drugs series feature in-depth, comprehensive, and up-to-date information on the most commonly abused mood-altering substances.

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Weisheit and White have taken a drug that's been prescribed for children as young as 6 years old in the treatment of ADHD... a drug that has been successfully used by patients in obtaining relief from obesity and narcolepsy... a drug that has been around longer than they have without which the United States could have easily lost WWII because the Axis army was also using the drug... without which thousands of victims of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and Europe would have not survived in the years before antiretroviral therapy (ART) (it is known to spike the production of CD4 T-Cells)... and without mentioning that dextromethamphetamine in therapeutic doses is safer than many drugs and substances, including alcohol and tobacco and over-the-counter medications... and they have refueled the misconception that it is a threat to society, reminding us that witchcraft and marijuana once traveled this path. This book offers a lesson about Fear, Ignorance, and Shame; not about methamphetamine. At higher doses with shorter intervals, any substance can be considered dangerous... even water... we call that "drowning". Those who want the real story about methamphetamine can plug the word "Desoxyn" into their search engine and do another search on "methamphetamine". The same drug, but the difference is absolutely astounding even from a review of the abstracts you will find. This book is the run-of-the-mill political scenario that isn't worth reading, particularly because historical information is largely contrived as is the geographic information. This book is best categorized as "delusional fear-mongering" that members of society don't need. It might be good fiction for someone naive to read when there isn't anything else around, but from the start to the finish, it pounds out a hyped up fairy tale without even a meaningful ending. In actuality, the book is more dangerous than the drug!  

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While the book provides alot of information, some of it, specifically the historical on when and how the Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Program started was inaccurate. The first DEC program was started in Butte County California in 1991, with official and well documented protocols and the first memorandum of understanding signed in 1993. The DEC program was established to rescue children from all drug homes, not just meth labs, and was functioning very successfully well before the three children died in the Laguna Lab Fire. The agency leaders, and DEC founder Sue Webber-Brown all remain very involved in the DEC strategy in Butte County California and should have been spoken to prior to publication.  

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About the author (2009)

Ralph Weisheit, PhD, is a distinguished professor of criminal justice at Illinois State University where he has been teaching and conducting research for more than twenty-five years.

William L. White, MA, is a senior research consultant at Chestnut Health Systems with more than thirty-five years of experience in the addictions field as a counselor, clinical director, researcher, and trainer.

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