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Addiction : From Biology to Drug Policy

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Drug addiction as a brain disease is this book's theme. Among the many volumes on drugs written for lay readers, it is unique in the breadth and depth of its coverage. In clear scientific terms- with may striking examples from the author's experience as a scientist and clinician -it describes the nature of chemical addiction and addictive behavior, the seven families of addictive drugs, and the muddied effort to develop effective drug control policies and laws.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 16 line illustrations
  • 0195146646
  • 9780195146646
  • 1,472,287

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"This book is an important contribution to the substance misuse debate." * Health Matters, Issue 48 *show more

About Avram Goldstein

Avram Goldstein, M.D. is Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, Stanford University. He is the author of Principles of Drug Action, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is the recipient of many awards including the Franklin Medal, the Nathan B. Eddy Award, and the Sollman Award.show more

Table of contents

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION, 1993 ; PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION, 2000 ; 1. Introduction ; PART ONE: DRUGS AND THE BRAIN ; 2. Neurotransmitters: The Brain's Own Drugs ; 3. Receptors: Locks for the Addictive Keys ; 4. Addictive Behaviour ; 5. Pain and Pleasure ; 6. The Seesaw Brain: "Highs" and Adaptations ; 7. Are Addicts Born or Made? ; PART TWO: THE DRUGS AND THE ADDICTS ; 8. Nicotine ; 9. Alcohol and Related Drugs ; 10. Heroin, Morphine, and Other Opiates ; 11. Cocaine and Amphetamines ; 12. Cannabis (Marijuana) ; 13. Caffeine ; 14. Hallucinogens ; PART THREE: DRUGS AND SOCIETY ; 15. Prevention: Just Say No? ; 16. Treating Addiction, Preventing Relapse ; 17. Three Lessons from the Street ; 18. Three Lessons from Abroad ; 19. Prohibition vs. Legalization - A False Dichotomy ; 20. New Strategies for Rational Drug Policy ; SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING ; INDEXshow more

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