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NCJ Number: 119394 Find in a Library
Title: New Drugs: Look-Alikes, Drugs of Deception, and Designer Drugs
Author(s): R Seymour; D Smith; D Inaba; M Landry
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 164
Sponsoring Agency: Hazelden Educational Materials
Center City, MN 55012
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89486-552-8
Sale Source: Hazelden Educational Materials
Box 176
15251 Pleasant Valley Road
Center City, MN 55012
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book reviews the recent history, nature, and effects of some new illicit drugs that have recently appeared on the street called look-alike drugs, drugs of deception, or designer drugs; treatment for their abuse is also discussed.
Abstract: Written primarily to help treatment professionals understand and address this new drug phenomena, the book opens with a background history of the use and abuse of drugs to show patterns that have led to the present circumstance of the "new" drugs. This is followed by some basic pharmacological guidelines that show the four basic categories into which most drugs fit. How each category of psychoactive drug works on the brain is also explained. The counterfeit drug problem is then addressed, with attention to how look-alikes and drugs of deception have caused confusion for law enforcement and those who treat drug users. A series of chapters traces the history of some specific newer drugs and suggests treatment approaches. Symptoms and special risks are discussed. The drugs considered are fentanyl analogues, meperidine analogues, PCP and its analogues, sedative-hypnotics, quaalude and its look-alikes, stimulants, cocaine, crack, and MDMA. The book concludes with a discussion of new ways of defining, treating, and recovering from drug addiction, drawing heavily on the methods used to treat alcoholism. Chapter notes, glossary, subject index.
Main Term(s): Drug information
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Cocaine; Controlled Substances; Crack; Drug effects; Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment
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