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NCJ Number: 149666 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs in America: A Social History, 1800-1980
Author(s): H W Morgan
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 244
Sponsoring Agency: Syracuse University Press
Syracuse, NY 13210
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8156-2282-1
Sale Source: Syracuse University Press
1011 East Water Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Designed for the general reader rather than the expert, this book scrutinizes the relationships among drugs, drug users, and society's response to drugs from a historical perspective that covers the 1800-1980 period; the author focuses on opiates but pays some attention to chloral hydrate, cannabis, cocaine, and chemical processing.
Abstract: The author defines addiction to include physical and psychological dependence on a substance and the development of tolerance. Although there is considerable debate on the addictive properties of some substances, the author notes that opiates are clearly addictive. He looks at reasons why people use drugs, drug availability, the approval of drug use by society and peers, and drug control efforts. He also examines the prescription of opiates by doctors in the 19th Century, social and medical concerns associated with drug use, therapeutic and addictive properties of drugs, drug effects, drug treatment, drug regulation, and trends in drug consumption levels. The author attempts to offer accurate and meaningful generalizations about drug use and abuse and discusses socioeconomic factors in the history of drugs in the United States. Notes and photographs
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Cocaine; Drug dependence; Drug effects; Drug regulation; Drug treatment; Marijuana; Opioids
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