DRUG USE AND ABUSE takes an interdisciplinary approach in its coverage of current drug issues. It weaves psychological, historical, cultural, social, biological, and medical perspectives emphasizing the idea that a drug's effects depend not only on its properties, but also on the biological and psychological characteristics of its user. This theme is highlighted throughout, and is prominent in discussions of the individual classes of drugs, as well as in the chapters on pharmacology and psychopharmacology.
An introductory text on medical and non-medical drug use and its consequences. A distinction between pharmacology and psychopharmacology is carried through presentation of individual classes of drugs and discussion of treatment and prevention. Material is scholarly yet accessible to students with little background in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences. Learning features include pretests, margin definitions and quotes, and boxes on drugs, culture, and contemporary issues. Changes to the third edition reflect changes in the field since 1995. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.