The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy

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A bestseller in its three previous editions, Buzzed is now revised and updated with the most recent discoveries about drugs. It includes new information about biological and behavioral changes in addiction, the prescription-drug abuse epidemic, distinctive drug effects on the adolescent brain, and trends from synthetic cannabinoids to e-cigarettes. “Lively, highly informative, unbiased, [and] thorough” (Addiction Research & Theory), this no-nonsense handbook surveys the most used and abused drugs from caffeine to heroin to methamphetamine. In both quick-reference summaries and in-depth analysis, it reports on how these drugs enter the body, how they manipulate the brain, their short-term and long-term effects, the different “highs” they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly. Neither a “just say no” treatise nor a “how-to” manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make better decisions with accurate information in hand.
The fourth edition of the essential, accessible source for understandinghow drugs work and their effects on body and behavior.

Baker & Taylor
Provides current, factual information about many of the most commonly used and abused drugs, looking at how they affect the brain, their short and long term effects, the highs they produce, and the dangers associated with them.

Book News
This is the fourth edition of a very readable handbook on commonly abused drugs (legal and illegal). It comes from a sociomedical perspective and is updated to reflect both new medical knowledge and current laws about drug legality, possession, and use. The book is suitable for a wide range of readers, from young adults and parents seeking accurate information to teachers and students looking for a reader-friendly and college-suitable textbook for core courses in fields from medicine to criminal justice to social work, and special-topics courses in the social sciences. The body of the book is divided into two sections. The first gives a chapter to each major category of drugs--alcohol, caffeine, ecstasy, hallucinogens, herbal drugs, inhalants, marijuana, nicotine, opiates, sedatives, steroids, and stimulants. The second covers brain function, drug basics, addiction, and legal issues. There is an introduction by the editors, and another about drug issues faced by youth written by the college interns who worked on the first edition, as well as a quiz on drug knowledge and an appendix of further reading. A center section of color photographs shows images of commonly-sold forms of each drug. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A new edition of a best-selling reference incorporates the latest findings on such topics as synthetic cannabinoids, prescription medications, meth, ecigarettes, heroin and more, in an accessible volume that features quick-reference summaries, reports on how drugs enter the body and manipulate the brain and more. Original.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: Fourth edition
ISBN: 9780393344516
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 24 cm


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