Drugs of Abuse, 2nd edition

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Simon Wills
Published by
Pharmaceutical Press
Publication Date
April 2005
Second edition
416 pages
256 x 234 mm

Drugs of Abuse is a concise, easy-to-read guide for healthcare professionals who encounter drug abuse.

This book has been comprehensively revised since the first edition, and includes new chapters on gamma hydroxybutyrate and the internet as an information resource. Also covered are the prevalence of drug use, a detailed assessment of side effects, and interactions between illicit drugs and conventional medicines.

Each chapter covers a particular drug group. These include:
  • opioids
  • cannabis
  • cocaine
  • amfetamines
  • ecstasy
  • LSD
  • volatile substances
  • performance-enhancing drugs
  • OTC and prescription medicines
  • nicotine
  • alcohol.

Drug abuse is a problem which affects all parts of today's society - it is not constrained to one social class, to 'hard drugs' alone, nor even to illicit substances.
This book is an accessible source of detailed information that can be read from cover to cover, or used as a reference. It will appeal to healthcare professionals, as well as to those working with drug users in the community. 
  1. Introduction
  2. Injection of Drugs
  3. Opioids
  4. Cannabis
  5. Cocaine
  6. Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Ecstasy and Related Drugs
  7. LSD
  8. Gamma Hydroxybutyrate
  9. Phencyclidine
  10. Volatile Substance Abuse
  11. Performance Enhancing Drugs
  12. Prescription Drugs
  13. Over-the-Counter Products
  14. Caffeine
  15. Tobacco
  16. Alcohol
  17. Plants and Fungi
  18. Alkyl Nitrates
  19. Smart Drugs
  20. Internet
Appendix A Glossary of Street Terminology
Appendix B Legal Status of Drugs in the UK

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