Buzzed 2e: Straight Facts About Most Used Abused Drugs From Alcohol Ecstasy Paperback – Sep 30 2003
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"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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on July 14 2009 by J.C.
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 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. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2002 by TripS
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2000 by Peter A. Connaughton
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... Read morePublished on March 29 2000
In a time where literature on illegal substance is usually limited to propaganda either for or against drugs, their legalization, etc.. Read morePublished on March 23 2000 by a college student
Its really hard to find a good introduction to the effects of abused drugs on the bookshelf. They're either too broad and general and more adsorbed in stastics and rhetoric then... Read morePublished on March 21 2000 by Manchi Cheung
As a college professor at Delgado in New Orleans, La., I found the book to be very informative and fact based for anyone interested in substance abuse and/or addictions. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2000 by Warren
Well, another conservative review of the drug scene in America. It seems the authors forgot that the Medline data they so effusively praised was generated from studies that were... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 1999
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