While well over one million small-time drug users languish in overcrowded prisons because of nonviolent drug offenses, tens of thousands of others get rich from legal and illegal drugs. Drug company representatives persuade doctors to prescribe inferior products. Children as young as two are routinely given powerful drugs. Legal drugs, taken exactly as prescribed, are a leading cause of illness and death. Scientists beholden to drug companies fabricate and misrepresent data. This eye-opening book richly documents disturbing trends in Western medicine and urges readers toward a broader understanding of drug use and abuse. Leavitt shows how and why American society must change its medical and policy approaches to drugs and re-orient medical practice to new ways of thinking.
Fred Leavitt is professor of psychology at California State University, Hayward.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: The Pharmaceutical / Medical Complex Chapter 3 A Significant Portion of Medical Research Cannon Be Trusted Chapter 4 Drug Companies Place Profits over Progress Chapter 5 Medical Personnel Prescribe Incorrectly Too Often Chapter 6 Human Subjects Have Often Been Treated Inhumanely Part 7 Drugs in Psychiatry Chapter 8 U.S. Citizens Are Overmedicated with Psychiatric Drugs Chapter 9 There Are Effective Alternatives to Psychiatric Drugs Part 10 The Wars on Drugs Chapter 11 Widely Believed Misperceptions about Drug Addiction Do Great Harm Chapter 12 Most Citizens Are Harmed Rather then Helped by the Drug Wars Chapter 13 Many Drugs Are Dangerous Chapter 14 Extensive Marketing of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Caffeine Causes Great Harm Chapter 15 Many Individuals and Organizations Benefit from the Drug Wars Chapter 16 Popular Programs for Combating Drug Abuse Are Unsuccessful, While Effective Programs Are Underused Part 17 Appendix: A Brief Introduction to Pharmacology Chapter 18 How Drugs Work Chapter 19 Classification of Psychoactive Drugs Chapter 20 Variability Part 21 Epilogue