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Packed with the latest data and research, the powerful new Eighth Edition of Howard Abadinsky's DRUG USE AND ABUSE: A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION delivers a thorough, interdisciplinary survey of all aspects of drug and alcohol abuse. The text draws from the many disciplines of history, law, pharmacology, political science, social work, counseling, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice--resulting in the most comprehensive, authoritative single source available. The author explores the history of drugs, their impact on society, the pharmacological impact of drugs on the body, drug policy implications, the criminal justice system response, the drug business, law enforcement, theories of use, as well as the effects, treatment, and prevention of abuse. New coverage includes nonmedical use of prescription drugs, synthetic substances, the use of stimulants to treat PTSD and ADD, medical marijuana, the connection between drug trafficking and terrorism, and an updated analysis of the United States drug policy. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Howard Abadinsky, St. Johns University

Howard Abadinsky is professor of criminal justice at St. John's University. A graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, he has an MSW from Fordham University and a PhD in sociology from New York University. Prior to entering academia, he was a New York State Parole Officer and Senior Parole Officer and a Cook County, Illinois, Deputy Sheriff/Inspector. He was a consultant to the President's Commission on Organized Crime and founder of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime. Dr. Abadinsky is the author of several books, including THE CRIMINAL ELITE: ORGANIZED AND PROFESSIONAL CRIME; PROBATION AND PAROLE: THEORY AND PRACTICE; and LAW, COURTS, AND JUSTICE IN AMERICA.
  • Each chapter now opens with a high-interest vignette that draws students into the material and illustrates the relevance of the upcoming chapter content. The vignettes include stories about infants addicted to drugs, the discovery of a drug tunnel between Mexico and California, the effects of LSD on a leukemia patient's depression, Russia's "City without Drugs" treatment methodology, and more.
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  • Chapter learning objectives guide students in focusing on the most important concepts as they read. Objectives are linked to comprehensive bullet-point summaries at the end of each chapter to reinforce student retention of key concepts.
  • More student friendly than ever, the new Eighth Edition combines the chapters on psychological and sociological theories to better explain drug use through an integrated viewpoint. It also combines the chapters on drug prevention and treatment to elaborate more on the various models utilized to prevent and treat drug use.
  • Reflecting the latest developments and emerging issues from the field, the new edition includes updated coverage of the prevalence of drug use and users, the nonmedical use of prescription drugs, the use of stimulants to treat PTSD and ADD, medical marijuana, the illegal drug business in Afghanistan and Mexico, the connection between drug trafficking and terrorism, global responses to drug use, an updated analysis of the United States drug policy, and more. In addition, new sections cover synthetic substances, opioid antagonists, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, Kratom, and more.
  • Equipping students with a thorough overview and solid understanding of the subject matter, DRUG USE AND ABUSE: A COMPREHENSIVE INTRODUCTION, 8e delivers current, informative, and balanced coverage of the history, policy, and theories of drug use.
  • The author draws from his real-life experiences in the field as well as the classroom to bring the most comprehensive, student-friendly text available. Before becoming a professor at St. Johns University, Dr. Howard Abadinsky served as an inspector for the Cook County, Illinois, sheriff for eight years and as a New York state parole officer and senior parole officer for 15 years.
  • Accessible and suitable for introductory level students, the text begins each chapter with eye-opening quotes related to drug usage, policy, and system responses that motivate students to read on.
  • In-text learning tools such as chapter objectives and end-of-chapter summaries help improve student comprehension. In addition, key concepts and figures set off in the margins along with insightful boxes and tables all work together to help students identify crucial points.
1. An Introduction to Drug Use and Abuse.
2. The Biology of Psychoactive Substances.
3. Depressants.
4. Stimulants.
5. Hallucinogens, Marijuana, Inhalants, and Prescription Drugs.
6. Psychology and Sociology of Drug Use.
7. Preventing and Treating Drug Use.
8. History of Drug Use and Drug Legislation.
9. Drug Trafficking.
10. Drug Laws and Law Enforcement.
11. United States Drug Policy.
12. Decriminalization, Legalization, and Harm Reduction.

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Test Bank (Microsoft® Word)

ISBN: 9781305961852
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions for each chapter of the text -- most with answers and page references.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305961579
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint®

ISBN: 9781305961562
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305961876
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.