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'This is a great resource that reflects the huge expertise of the authors. It will be welcomed by students, researchers and indeed anyone wanting critical but comprehensive coverage of key issues and trends concerning drugs and society - locally and globally, historically and today.'
- Nigel South, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex
'Provides informative, balanced and contextualized insights into the relationships between people and drugs. Whatever your background and however knowledgeable you feel you are about contemporary drug issues, I guarantee that you will learn something unexpected and new from this valuable text.'
- Joanne Neale, Professor of Public Health, Oxford Brookes University
Why do people take drugs? How do we understand moral panics? What is the relationship between drugs and violence? How do people's social positions influence their involvement in drug use? Insightful and illuminating, this book discusses drugs in social contexts. The authors bring together their different theoretical and practical backgrounds, offering a comprehensive and interdisciplinary introduction that opens up a wide scientific understanding moving beyond cultural myths and presuppositions.
This is an invaluable reference source for students on criminology, sociology and social sciences programmes, as well as drug service practitioners such as drug workers, social workers and specialist nurses.
Professor Ross Coomber is teaches Criminology at Griffith University, Australia. Professor Karen McElrath is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University.
PART ONE: TYPES OF DRUGS AND PATTERNS OF USEWhat Is a Drug/Medicine?Prevalence and Trends in Illicit Drug UseWhy Do People Take Drugs?AddictionLegal Drugs: Alcohol and TobaccoPolydrug Use/Polysubstance UseCommon Illicit DrugsTypologies of Drug Use: Use-Misuse-Abuse and Problematic-Recreational UseBinge-DrinkingRaves and Circuit PartiesDance Drugs/Club DrugsCross-cultural and Traditional Drug Use Gender, Ethnicity and Social ClassNormalisationPART TWO: DRUG EFFECTS Drug Effects: Drug, Set and SettingMedical Marijuana and Other Therapeutic Uses of Illicit DrugsPrescribed and Over-the-Counter (OTC) DrugsNovel Psychoactive SubstancesThe Gateway Hypothesis/Stepping Stone TheoryDrug-related ViolenceDrugs and CrimeDrug Risks and Health HarmsInjecting Drug UseHIV/AIDS and Other Blood-borne VirusesPART THREE: DRUG POLICY, TREATMENT AND PERCEPTIONS OF THE DRUG PROBLEMDrug Treatment and Quasi-compulsory Treatment (QCT)Harm ReductionSubstitute PrescribingThe New Recovery ApproachPrevention: Primary, Secondary and TertiaryInternational Drug Control History/ProhibitionDrugs in SportDrug Scares and Moral PanicsDrug DealersDrug Markets: Difference and DiversityDrug TraffickingCrop Eradication, Crop Substitution and Legal CultivationWar on DrugsDrug Testing in Schools and WorkplacesDrug CourtsDecriminalisation, Legalisation and Legal RegulationLiberalisation
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