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NCJ Number: 235708 Find in a Library
Title: Drugs in American Society, Third Edition
Author(s): Erich Goode
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 336
Sponsoring Agency: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
New York, NY 10020
Publication Number: ISBN 0-07-554022-3
Sale Source: McGraw-Hill Publishing Co
1221 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book attempts to explain the complex phenomenon of drug use in American society.
Abstract: The central theme of this book is that conventional anti-drug thinking cannot hope to deal with reality of the drug world. The criminalization of certain drugs has a range of effects; it fails to deter all use, but does deter some use, while at the same time having some consequences that are bad. Criminalization increases the price of drugs, makes money-making criminal activity among drug users more likely, strengthens the criminal underworld and the drug-using subculture, and makes illicit drug use and sale a more dangerous activity. However, criminalization does keep drugs out of the hands of a certain proportion of the public. Ten chapters discuss: 1) drug abuse, what is a drug, the social problems, drug legislation, and moral panics; 2) factors that influence drug effects, drug mixing, habituation; 3) psychological, sociological and biological theories of drug use; 4)the extent and trends of legal and instrumental, recreational drug use in America; 5) Acute effects of alcohol and alcoholism; 6) acute, subjective, and chronic effects of marijuana use with profiles on who uses this drug; 7) effects of hallucinogenic drugs, psychotic episodes, and genetic damage; 8) use of stimulants; 9) use of sedatives and tranquilizers; 10) use of heroin and the narcotics and their relationship to addiction and crime. Included is a detailed recommendation on how to better fight the drug war. References
Main Term(s): Drug research
Index Term(s): Alcoholic beverages; Drug abuse; Drug abuse causes; Drug effects; Juvenile drug use; Tobacco use
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