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NCJ Number: 119462 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Scenes: A Report on Drugs and Drug Dependence by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Corporate Author: Royal College of Psychiatrists
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 238
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychiatric Press, Inc
Washington, DC 20005
Royal College of Psychiatrists
London W.1, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-902241-18-4
Sale Source: American Psychiatric Press, Inc
Journal Editor
1400 K Street, NW
Suite 1101
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists defines drug misuse and dependence, details the medical history and use of controlled and illicit drugs in Britain, and discusses prevention and treatment strategies as well as legal and policy proposals for controlling illicit drug use.
Abstract: The report calls for informed debate on the drug abuse issue and government's role in treating and preventing abuse. Drugs that act on the mind are identified and drug misuse is defined. The medical, pharmacological, and historical uses of the following drugs are detailed: opiates, alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, amphetamines, hallucinogens, cannabis, solvents, and psychotropic drugs. Prevention problems are identified, including curtailing cultivation, customs and police action, and prescription control. Treatment of addicts is discussed in detail, as are legal and policy considerations. The report concludes with a series of specific recommendations for clarifying drug issues and solving drug problems.
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug laws; Great Britain/United Kingdom
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