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Buzzed 2e: Straight Facts About Most Used Abused Drugs From Alcohol Ecstasy
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on September 7, 2001
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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on October 23, 2000
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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on August 3, 1999
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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on May 6, 1999
Understanding how drugs and alcohol work on the human body is an ongoing mystery for many people, whether citizens, students, or professionals working with drug/alcohol issues. Many traditional approaches include moralistic perspectives which, while helpful for some purposes, are not part of the human body's processing of these substances! BUZZED provides the facts, stripped of their moral and legal connotations, about how drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and other substances work on the human body. BUZZED is refreshing in that it explains, with the best understanding that we have today, HOW drugs work on the body, and WHY they work the way they do.
Refreshingly, BUZZED provides this information in a way which helps the reader understand these facts. The book provides an understanding of why people generally feel the way they do when using various substances, and provides information about the various dangers that may be associated.
I believe the book will be helpful for people of all ages and all walks of life. While many of the biochemical principles and details underlying substance use and abuse are extremely complex, BUZZED takes these and makes them understandable.
I find it particularly helpful to see this emphasis upon the brain chemistry, and how drugs are linked to the neurotransmitters that we are increasingly coming to understand and respect. My only critique of the book is that I wish it included references for further reading and more detailed elaboration.
I anticipate that drug and alcohol education approaches, such as those emphasized in BUZZED, will come to represent the best approaches to helping people, particularly young people, understand and respect these substances to a greater degree. I think it provides great promise for future changes in how we understand drugs and alcohol, and how we address this important issue as the United States and as a world culture.
David Anderson, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Center for the Advancement of Public Health, George Mason University - Fairfax, VA
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on March 23, 2000
In a time where literature on illegal substance is usually limited to propaganda either for or against drugs, their legalization, etc.., this book provides a refreshing, unbiased account. The knowledge it provides on a drug's different effects on the body, the brain, one's emotional well-being, and its addictive potential prove to be invaluable. This is not a crusade against the use of substances, but it does not seek to glorify their use. Anyone planning on experimenting with any drug should at least read this book first. It allows an individual to weigh the risks from a more educated point of view as it dispels myths and delivers what it says it will: the straight facts.
I would urge everyone involved in this area from policy makers to other students to buy this book and read it. I finished it in two days, and I'm a better-informed, more careful thinker because of it.
Don't go to a party without it.
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on March 29, 2000
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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on August 27, 1998
I am a deputy sheriff in a Southern California county of more than 2.5 million residents. For 3 years I have been educating children and adults about the dangers of drugs. Finding complete, factual information about drugs commonly abused was not an easy task. My search was complete when I read "BUZZED." No scare tactics, no outdated statistics, and complete information in both easy to understand language as well as scientific details. I believe it should be used as both a textbook and a reference source by law enforcement, educators and health care professionals. Since reading the book I have had the opportunity to speak to the authors who I find very accessible, knowledgeable and motivated to educate. I hope they will continue their research and I look forward to further editions.
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on May 15, 1998
You say you've never done drugs? You have no intention of doing so? That's fine, but if there are there kids in your life, this is a book you should read.
If you're like me, you probably don't even realize how abysmally ignorant you are about the options in street drugs and what these drugs do (and with an MD degree, I have less excuse for ignorance than most people).
BUZZED is readable, unbiased and scientific, a perfect antidote to the usual fog of scare tactics and misinformation (not to mention the appalling silliness of "Just Say No").
The Chapel Hill (NC) schools have announced that they are putting this book into every school library. You should go one step further and put a copy into the hands of every adolescent you care about. You just may save some kid's life.
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on August 18, 1998
While growing up my parents never taught me much about drugs and their effects. I was always told that drugs are bad and to stay away from them. That may have been easy for them to do, but I think it's hard for kids today to do so. Drugs are everywhere. All over the streets, in schools, homes, even on TV. Because I was not properly informed of the effects and consequences of these substances, I chose to experiment with almost any drug I crossed. This book is right on and the closest thing to actual experimentation I have found. It does not condemn drugs, nor does it try to make them sound appealing. It merely states the facts. I highly recommend, if you are a parent, that you read this and then to pass it on to your children.
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on August 18, 1998
While growing up my parents never taught me much about drugs and their effects. I was always told that drugs are bad and to stay away from them. That may have been easy for them to do, but I think it's hard for kids today to do so. Drugs are everywhere. All over the streets, in schools, homes, even on TV. Because I was not properly informed of the effects and consequences of these substances, I chose to experiment with almost any drug I crossed. This book is right on and the closest thing to actual experimentation I have found. It does not condemn drugs, nor does it try to make them sound appealing. It merely states the facts. I highly recommend, if you are a parent, that you read this and then to pass it on to your children.
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