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Drug Use and Abuse: A Comprehensive Introduction, 8th Edition

  • Howard Abadinsky St. Johns University
  • ISBN-10: 1285070275  |  ISBN-13: 9781285070278
  • 416 Pages
  • © 2014 | Published
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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 http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • 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.
  • 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.
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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285072839 | ISBN-13: 9781285072838)

This comprehensive resource includes learning objectives, key terms, a detailed chapter outline, a chapter summary, discussion topics, student activities, media tools, and a newly expanded test bank. The learning objectives are correlated with the discussion topics, student activities, and media tools. Each chapter's test bank contains questions in multiple-choice, true false, completion, and essay formats as well as new scenario-based questions, with a full answer key. Coded to the learning objectives that appear in the main text, the test bank includes the page numbers in the main text where the answers can be found. In addition, experienced criminal justice instructors have carefully reviewed each question for quality, accuracy, and content coverage. Our Instructor Approved seal, which appears on the front cover, is our assurance that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber. The manual is available for download on the password-protected website and can also be obtained by e-mailing your local Cengage Learning representative.

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1285072898 | ISBN-13: 9781285072890)

The comprehensive Instructor's Manual is backed up by ExamView, a computerized test bank available for PC and Macintosh computers. With ExamView you can create, deliver, and customize tests and study guides (both print and online) in minutes. You can easily edit and import your own questions and graphics, change test layouts, and reorganize questions. And using ExamView's complete word-processing capabilities, you can enter an unlimited number of new questions or edit existing questions.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1285072847 | ISBN-13: 9781285072845)

Helping you make your lectures more engaging while effectively reaching your visually oriented students, these handy Microsoft PowerPoint® slides outline the chapters of the main text in a classroom-ready presentation. The PowerPoint® slides are updated to reflect the content and organization of the new edition of the text and feature some additional examples and real-world cases for application and discussion. Available for download on the password-protected instructor book companion website, the presentations can also be obtained by e-mailing your local Cengage Learning representative.

Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

Delivered via email, the Instant Access Code includes a URL and a code that students use to gain full access to the Careers in Criminal Justice Website, which helps them investigate the criminal justice career choices that are right for them. Students can take advantage of interest assessments, career profiles, video interviews, and a career Rolodex with links and tools to assist them in finding a professional position. There's also a career planner with sample résumés, letters, and interview questions, and a wealth of information on "soft skills" such as health and fitness, stress management, and effective communication.

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Student Supplements

Careers in Criminal Justice Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 0495595233 | ISBN-13: 9780495595236)

The Careers in Criminal Justice Website offers extensive career profiling information and self-assessment testing is designed to help you investigate and focus on the criminal justice career choices. This resourceful website includes over 70 Career Profiles and more than 25 video interviews with links and tools to assist you in finding a professional position. It also features a career rolodex, interest assessments, and a career planner with sample résumés, letters, interview questions, and more.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Howard Abadinsky

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.