This engaging resource handbook offers readers with both a thorough overview of the use and abuse of legal and illegal substances in the United States and a worldwide perspective on the topic.
For decades, the U.S. government has maintained a hard line against illicit drugs. Yet today the public's attitude is more complex. Americans overwhelmingly favor the legalization of medical marijuana, but remain deeply anxious about rising rates of prescription abuse and "designer" drug use. How has substance abuse evolved as an issue? Why have all our efforts to deal with addiction and its consequences failed?
From alcohol and tobacco to marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, Substance Abuse: A Reference Handbook provides readers with a complete overview of legal and illicit drug use. Tracing the history of substance abuse throughout much of human history, the handbook provides scientific data clarifying how various types of addictive substances operate within the human system, both physically and psychologically. It also documents the ways in which various cultures—including modern-day America—have tried to control the use of these substances, and the consequences of those efforts.
Containing chronological and biographical sketches, lists of organizations, fundamental documents and data, and a complete annotated bibliography, Substance Abuse enables students to continue their own research.
Features • Historic court decisions and laws related to substance abuse • A chronology of pivotal events in the history of substance abuse from prehistory to the present • An extended annotated bibliography containing more than 100 print and electronic resources on substance abuse • Complete glossary and index to allow easy referencing of information
Highlights • A broad background on the history of substance abuse provides readers with the information needed to fully grasp this complicated topic • Reviews the important scientific principles that come into play with the use of alcohol, tobacco, as well as illegal substances • Provides the tools students need to pursue their own targeted study of substance abuse • Portrays the myriad issues of drug use within a domestic and international context
David E. Newton is formerly a high school teacher of mathematics and science in Grand Rapids, MI, professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College, Salem, MA, and adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco. He has written over 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, laboratory manuals, trade books, and other educational publications.
Reviews "...a handy reference for students researching substance abuse...Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers"—Choice
"...his prose is lively and informative. Intended as a subject overview and accessible to lay readers, it is most at home in general collections."—Library Journal