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Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used & Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy Paperback – February, 1998
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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
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I would urge everyone involved in this area from policy makers to other students to buy this book and read it. I finished it in two days, and I'm a better-informed, more careful thinker because of it.
Don't go to a party without it.
paperback. How long this edition will remain relevant is another question, since the variety of drugs keeps expanding, and our knowledge of their mechanism in the brain keeps growing.
I personally know quite a bit about the drug scene from my
younger days and I want my children to be better informed
about drugs and this book seems to give good information about a wide
variety of drugs that I can use to educate my children.Telling your kids that
drugs are bad is probably worse than saying nothing at all.Kids are curious
and drugs are amazing molecules that can change your entire perception of
the world and the way you think.But if you only tell your kids that drugs make
you feel bad or that they can kill you,your telling them a half truth and their not
going to be fooled by it.Speak the whole truth to your children and they are more
likely going to make informed wise decisions.
The information is basically good, but I would have liked to have the most updated version.
The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs, is a great book its up to date, gets straight to the point, it is great for anyone who is really interested in the pharmaceutical industry, college students just doing their thing, or parents wanting to know about what their son or daughter are getting into.
The book covers all the basic's plus goes into great detail about abuse and addiction.
I recommend this book.