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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
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