9780078111549

Drugs in American Society

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  • ISBN13:

    9780078111549

  • ISBN10:

    0078111544

  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/13/2011
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Summary

Drugs in American Society is a sociological introduction to the use of psychoactive substances in the United States that takes the focus of attention on drug use out of the lab and into the street. Throughout the book, personal accounts tell the stories of drug use and the impact that it has on the lives of users. The book also contrasts the image of drugs in society, particularly in the news media, and the reality of drug use itself.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part I DRUG USE: IMAGE AND REALITY

1) Drug Use: A Sociological Perspective

2) Drug Use: A Pharmacological Perspective

3) Drugs in the News Media

Part II METHODS, DATA, THEORIES

4) How Do We Know It’s True? Methods of Research

5) Historical Trends in Drug Consumption

6) Theories of Drug Use

Part III DRUGS AND THEIR USE

7) Alcohol and Tobacco

8) Marijuana, LSD, and Club Drugs

9) Stimulants: Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Crack

10) Heroin and the Narcotics

11) The Pharmaceutical Neuroleptics: Sedatives, Hypnotics, Tranquilizers, Antipsychotics, and Antidepressants

Part IV CRIME AND DRUG CONTROL

12) Controlling Drug Use: The Historical Context

13) Drugs and Crime: What’s the Connection?

14) The Illicit Drug Industry

15) Law Enforcement, Drug Courts, Drug Treatment

16) Legalization, Decriminalization, and Harm Reduction

Concluding Thoughts

Glossary
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