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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; 2 edition (Sept. 30 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393324931
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393324938
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #765,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"The gap between scientific information and public information about drugs is growing hour by hour," declare the authors of this thorough, popular guide to pharmaceutical and recreational chemicals. The public's misinformation, they say, is only compounded by the fact that most descriptions of drugs' benefits and risks are oversimplified, inaccurate and politicized. Marijuana, for example, is portrayed by some organizations as a wonder drug, and by others as a dangerous contagion. The authors' guide aims to avoid such pitfalls. Divided into a dozen sections-Alcohol, Caffeine, Ecstasy, Hallucinogens, Herbal Drugs, Inhalants, Marijuana, Nicotine, Opiates, Sedatives, Steroids, and Stimulants-the book adopts a straight, neutral tone that reflects its commitment to providing unbiased, scientific fact. As professors at the Duke University Medical Center, Khun, Swartzwelder and Wilson are well-qualified to analyze and synthesize lots of complicated information, and this second edition of the guide has been fully revised to reflect scientists' growing knowledge of how chemicals of all kinds affect our health and development. Best of all, the descriptions are jargon-free, making this book a great choice for anyone looking for clear, reliable information about any kind of drug. 8 pages color illustrations not seen by PW.
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There is no talking down or trying to be hip in this guide to recreational drugs. The title is the slangiest thing about it, until the glossary of street language at its end, and a reader needs to feel comfortable with the polysyllabics of pharmacology, though the diction is otherwise common, not technical. The long first part consists of chapters on each of 12 kinds of drug: alcohol, caffeine, enactogens, hallucinogens, herbal drugs, inhalants, marijuana, nicotine, opiates, sedatives, steroids, and stimulants. Each chapter initially lists individual drugs of the kind and their common names and briefly describes the drug's "buzz," immediate hazards (overdose, etc.), and dangerous interactions with other substances; discursive text on the drug's history, effects, and other topics, such as, when pertinent, addiction, fill out the chapter. The book's second part contains chapters on the working of the brain, drugs in general, addiction in general, and legal issues. A sound, thorough, authoritative resource that, though aimed primarily at college students, will be a solid asset in every public library. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As my review title states, this book targets an audience - one that wants to be well informed about drugs that are used and abused in our society.
What sets this book apart from so many others (most notably government-issued literature about recreational drugs) is that its language isn't dry, bureaucratic, and unappealing. Instead, the authors have successfully made their points about the uses and abuses of recreational drugs without boring the reader into submission. A book of this nature that is actually entertaining and enlightening to read is a breakthrough!
My one qualm with the book was with its lack of relevant informaton on steroids, which are definitely a drug that have been, and will continue to be, highly abused by many people the world over. The chapter on this drug class was brief and should have included more information about steroids from a user's point of view. However, it's worth noting that my library-issued copy was the 1998 version of the book, which has since been updated.
So, I have given this book a strong reveiw because, frankly, it deserves it; I was able to read the book cover to cover in about a day and a half without feeling any boredom. As a result I feel better informed and more confident with my knowledge about recreational drugs.
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I am a health care professional who just started working with patients in a hospital detox setting. This book was exactly what I was looking for as a review and primer on the effects different drugs had on the brain and body. The book is in two parts. Part one is basically a quick reference to the different classes of addictive substances, how they affect the brain, how the body disposes of them, the type of withdrawl someone will experience, etc. Part two covers some basics of neuropharmacology which you will need to understand some of the technical info in part one, and also goes into things as varied as the addictive process and social and legal issues involved with drug use. There is a good bibliography and a great index with many of the common street names for a variety of drugs and drug related activities.
I would highly reccommend this to anyone in health care, education, or any type of drug counseling or rehab. Great tool for patient/client/student education about drugs that is factual and easy to understand.
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I read this book as a casual user of marijuana, alcohol, and nicotine. This book has made me come to the realization that I will never use another illegal drug other than marijuana. I never knew the drugs that my classmates were using so carelessly were so destructive. What I like most about the book is the fact that the information is completely unbiased, and is just focused on giving you the straight facts. Information that you get from other, unreliable sources, such as Internet web sites, is so completely biased towards telling you how horrible drugs are, you begin to pick up that you are not being given the whole truth but rather what anti-drug people want you to believe. "Buzzed" gave me more incentive to never do hard drugs than those "unreliable" sources would ever have, even with their terrible drug horror stories. People are smart....just give them the information they need about something, and they will decide their actions from there. I reccomend this book to anyone taking any drugs (including marijuana, alcohol, or nicotine), or anyone considering taking a potentially dangerous recreational drug.
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I am a police officer in the Southwest portion of the United States. My department does not allow me to identify itself or myself for endorsement purposes. I purchased this book to evaluate whether it was pro-drug use or anti-drug use and to see if the contents could help me serve the public at a higher degree.
This book walks the thin line between the lines of pro-dug use, i.e. "Its okay, everybody does it" and "No, it won't hurt you silly ... its wonderful". To the anti-drug scare tactics of the past, i.e. "It will cause you to grow horns out of your forehead and breathe smoke out of your nostrils" and "You will go blind".
This book goes into detail how drugs effect the central nervous system. Much to my surprise this book does not take a stand on drug use (except those women who are pregnant or those women who are thinking of becoming pregnant). It keeps its objective outlook throughout the chapters. This book is good source for those people who are considering using drugs for recreational use, a person who has decided to spend their life chasing a destructive drug use lifestyle (seeking the ultimate high or trip), a curious person, or a concerned parent. (Read loser on the first two categories).
This book will explain how drugs impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safety and how you can become a danger to yourself and others.
Read this book if you think it is "Kool" to use drugs in a manner inwhich they were not intended to be used or trying any recreational drug.
Please, if you make the decision to use drugs do not operate a motor vehicle and think of your family and friends. Remember, if you abuse drugs or miss use them you are hurting more than one person.
Thank you. Jesus loves you.
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