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Buzzed 2e [Paperback]

Cynthia Kuhn , Scott Swartzlander , Wilkie Wilson
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Sept. 30 2003 Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used & Abused Drugs
Neither a "just say no" treatise nor a "how-to" manual, this easy-to-read handbook is based on the conviction that well-informed people make better decisions. It provides information on how drugs enter the body, how they manipulate the brain, their short- and long-term effects, the "high" they produce and the circumstances in which they can be deadly. Little material is available to the public on the most up-to-date psychological and pharmacological research on drugs. Whether the reader is a student confronted by drugs for the first time, an accountant reaching for another cup of coffee, or a health educator, this book aims to provide a clear understanding of how drugs work and the consequences of their use.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Helped me as an EMT-A July 14 2009
By J.C.
This book serves equally well as a quick reference guide as it does a learning tool. I used this book to refresh my knowledge of street drugs, their affects, and the slang associated with them. This is a good, mostly un-biased read for those in the health care field as well as those just curious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Book That Breaks Through the Chaff June 30 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars You can buy better Sept. 14 2002
By TripS
the Psychedelics Encyclopedia is so much better than this book, even though this book covers psychoactive substances other than Psychedelics, I find drug war propoganda in here. But what are they charging like ($) so in that case i suppose you might as well buy this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good basic book Sept. 9 2002
By TripS
This is a great book to learn the basics of psychoactive substances. However you cannot hear about the basics and think you know everything, you must learn from experience. I have found minor misinformation in this book and feel that it is slightly biased.
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By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant referance book Aug. 4 2000
Dispells some of the illusions about illegal and legal drugs without being preachy. For instance, while alchohol does not actually kill brain cells, its still not the breakfast of champions. A great book for those who want the unfettered truth about drugs and their dangers to your body. No slant, no guile, no horror stories. Just the hard facts. The interesting thing is that these are more than enough to keep most people off drugs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drug Recognition Experts should find it invaluable March 29 2000
By A Customer
As a police officer (and Drug Recognition Expert), I found this book excellent. It provides real insight on both the scientific level and street use/abuse of some of the most common drugs. Each drug category is covered and special emphasis is given to particularly common drugs found on the street.
It breaks down each of these and discusses numerous aspects of the drugs: brief history, common/slang names, discussion on who the typical user would most likely be and in what setting, addictive potential, description of effects, potential side effects and overdose information. The authors write in a good style that ANYONE can relate to (without being talked down to). It does it in a style that is not judgemental but tries to remain nuetral for informational purposes.
Very insightful and highly recommended for anyone wishing to be better informed about drugs.
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