Illicit Drugs, 1st Edition

  • Richard E. Isralowitz
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  • ISBN-10: 0313365679
  • ISBN-13: 9780313365676
  • DDC: 362.29
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 190 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2010 | Published/Released April 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2010

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This volume compiles information and materials documenting ILLICIT DRUGS and their use from multiple perspectives. Some 20 million Americans, or 8 percent of the population of the United States aged 12 and older, use marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, ecstasy, or other illicit drugs. The cost to our society is enormous, more than $300 billion annually for related expenses such as health care and treatment, social services, law enforcement, and losses due to crime. Illicit drug use is a deeply embedded characteristic of most societies, resulting in illness, death, crime and violence, terrorism, imprisonment, property confiscation, and massive allocations of government resources. This work provides information for those seeking to understand the nature and scope of this far-reaching problem, as well as major issues of concern and debate surrounding it. Organized thematically, the book begins with an overview of illicit drug use and abuse, including its history and risk factors. The scope of illicit drug use in the United States is covered, including conditions that encourage the practice, costs, related policies and programs, and prevention and treatment considerations. The book looks at populations at risk, including children and youth, women, older adults, and racial and ethnic minorities. International aspects of illicit drugs, such as production, trafficking, and consumption are also examined.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
Preface and Acknowledgments.
1: Illicit Drug Use and Abuse.
2: Background.
3: Historical Perspective: The Big Three—Cannabis, Heroin, and Cocaine.
4: Theoretical Considerations and Risk Factors.
5: National and International Perspectives.
6: U.S. Problems, Policies, and Programs.
7: International Perspectives.
8: People at Risk: Brief Profiles.
9: Key Issues and Controversies.
10: Prevention and Treatment: An Overview.
Resources and References.
Primary Source Documents.
Commonly Abused Drugs: Categories and Street Terms.
Basic Psychopharmacology of Illicit Drugs.
Directory of Organizations.
Further Reading.
About the Authors.