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Illegal Drugs: A Complete Guide to their History, Chemistry, Use, and Abuse

 
 
 
 
Illegal Drugs: A Complete Guide to their History, Chemistry, Use, and Abuse
Author: Paul Gahlinger
ISBN 13: 9780452285057
ISBN 10: 452285054
Edition: Updated
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: 2003-12-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
List Price: $25.00
 
 

Rational discussion of drug use is nearly impossible in the United States and "the result is a general level of ignorance that does not diminish use but does increase harm," according to Gahlinger (medicine, U. of Utah). In this work he both presents an overview of drug issues and individually examines the use and effects of 178 drugs that are illegal in the United States. His overview includes a history of drug use from the Neanderthals to the present, looks at the increasing prohibition of drugs in the U.S. over the course of the 20th century, discusses drug and employment issues, and examines the basic biology of drug use. Entries on individual drugs typically describe how their history, how they are made, their psychoactive and health effects, and recommendations in case of overdose. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR