Drug Nation: Patterns, problems, panics and policies

Paperback | January 2, 2011

byMartin Plant, Roy Robertson, Patrick Miller

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Humans have been using psychoactive (mind-altering) drugs since ancient times. Barely a day goes by without a drug related issue reaching the headlines, and drugs, in some way or other, affect all of our lives, whether by our own use, the use of those we know, or even from just being a victimof drug related crime. This book provides an accessible and lucid introduction to some of the main health and social issues related to illicit drugs and their use. It reviews a range of popular drugs - including amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, Ecstasy (MDMA), heroin and LSD whilst considering the law related to suchsubstances. Written in an accessible and approachable style, the book dispels some of the many myths about drug use that exist, offering an authoritative and balanced perspective on issues of personal, local, national and international importance. Drug Nation will be essential reading for anyone who wants to be informed about the drug situation, offering a sensible and non-sensational account of drugs and drug taking.

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Humans have been using psychoactive (mind-altering) drugs since ancient times. Barely a day goes by without a drug related issue reaching the headlines, and drugs, in some way or other, affect all of our lives, whether by our own use, the use of those we know, or even from just being a victimof drug related crime. This book provides an...

Martin A. Plant is Professor of Addiction Studies in the Alcohol and Health Research Unit in the University of the West of England, Bristol. His publications include the books Drugtakers in an English Town (1975), Drugs in Perspective (1981,1987), Risktakers: Alcohol, Drugs, Sex and Youth (1992), Alcohol: Minimising the Harm (1997),...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:January 2, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199544794

ISBN - 13:9780199544790

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Table of Contents

1. Drugs in Britain: The History2. Drugs in Perspective3. Drugs: Patterns of Use4. The Consequences of Drug Use: the good, the bad and the ugly5. Drug Control Policies: A Question of Balance6. The Law and the Criminal Justice System7. Is Drug Education Any Use?8. Drug Classification and Drug Policy: Can these ever be Evidence-Based?9. Therapeutic Options10. Future Directions?