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Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society (6th Edition)

Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society (6th Edition)
Author: Charles F. Levinthal
ISBN 13: 9780205665709
ISBN 10: 205665705
Edition: 6
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Publication Date: 2009-02-16
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
List Price: $128.20

This text examines the impact of drug-taking behavior on our society and our daily lives. The use and abuse of a wide range of licit and illicit drugs are discussed from historical, biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives.

In today's world, drugs and their use present a social paradox, combining the potential for good and for bad. As a society and as individuals, we can be the beneficiaries of drugs or their victims. This perspective continues to be the message of Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society, Sixth Edition.

Drugs, Behavior, and Modern Society, Sixth Edition features a comprehensive review of psychoactive drugs, and is notable for the attention it gives to two aspects of drug-taking behavior that have been underreported in other texts: steroid abuse and inhalant abuse.


A lively introductory text presenting basic facts and major issues concerning drug-taking behavior in US society in a reader-friendly manner, emphasizing drugs' potential for both good and bad. Discussions of particular drugs are grouped in terms of their access to the general public and social attitudes to their use. Learning features include quick concept checks, portraits of influential people, health alerts, and boxes on historical notes and continuing debates, plus color photos. This second edition expands material on treatment, prevention, and education. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.