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. Illicit Drugs provides comprehensive 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.
- A chronology of significant events, decisions, policies, and agreements about illicit drug use in the United States from 1872 to the present
- Graphs and tables about illicit drug use patterns and problems
- A world map depicting the distribution of problem drugs throughout the world
- A glossary of key terms about drug use and abuse
- A bibliography of significant reference materials addressing illicit drug use