Great Brain Robbery

Great Brain Robbery : What Everyone Should Know About Teenagers and Drugs

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What everyone should know about teenagers and drugs

People, particularly the young, take drugs because they enjoy the effects they have on their moods. But for every high there is a low. For every trip, a return journey.

All children entering adolescence need to know that there is no short cut to happiness through chemistry. There is only a short circuiting of the brain wiring that makes them, them.

Today we know so much more about how the brain works and, importantly, how it matures. Through MRI scanning scientists have discovered that the brain is not fully matured until a person reaches about 25 years of age. The effect of drugs, including alcohol and nicotine, on the maturing brain can be devastating and is always harmful.

The most effective way to deal with drug problems is within the family. With so many drugs on the market it is vital for everyone to keep informed and up-to-date. The authors openly explain the seemingly difficult scientific concepts behind drugs; not just their history and sources but also how they affect the brain and the acute and chronic side effects they have on the body. They write without over-simplifying the subject or exaggerating it. The result is a book that is accessible, clear and straightforward, as well as sobering - the facts and figures speak for themselves.

Every human brain is a miraculous tapestry, utterly unique to the weaver. When we tear this fragile tapestry we are damaging a one-off that can't easily be repaired.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 130 pages
  • 210 x 260 x 8.13mm | 470g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • cartoons; halftones
  • 1741146402
  • 9781741146400
  • 143,820

Table of contents


Part 1 - The Challenge

Puberty Blues

Is my child on drugs?

A mother's story

How the brain works

Vandalism in the refinery

You must remember this

What is marijuana?

The story of two users

So who'd be a parent?

What can we do?

Kids, this is for you

A sister's story

Getting off drugs

A counsellor's story


Part 2 - The Danger List






Designer drugs







Part 3 - The Hard Science


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This is a sensible, readable, often witty but hard-hitting book about drugs. School Librarian
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About Tom Scott

Trevor Grice is the Director of the Life Education Trust. He has lectured extensively in Australia and the USA. In New Zealand he is in constant demand as a drug counsellor, industry advisor and speaker to high-school students and parent groups.

Tom Scott is an award-winning journalist, cartoonist, columnist, documentary film-maker, screenwriter and playwright. Tom's first stage play The Daylight Atheist premiered in New Zealand in 2002 and was hailed as an instant Kiwi classic. It opens at the Sydney Theatre Company in January 2005.
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Before I even started reading this book, I did some research on the authors. The thing that amazes me the most is how Mr. Scott and Mr. Grice have been crucified on the Web for their beliefs, mostly by people who haven't even read THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY. Tom Scott is an award-winning journalist, cartoonist, columnist, documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, and playwright. Trevor Grice is the director of the Life Education Trust, a lecturer, drug counselor, industry advisor, and public speaker who often lectures at schools throughout Australia and the United States. And yet these men have been touted as anti-drug idiots, men who know nothing about drugs and teenagers, and two men who are out to "get" those who choose to use illegal substances. I'm guessing that the people who spew this nonsense are either users of drugs themselves, or just so uninformed that they think what they're saying is believable. Pick up a copy of THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY, though, and you'll find that Mr. Scott and Mr. Grice have done their homework. This isn't just a book that harps on the dangers of using illegal drugs. The authors provide evidence--medical, scientific, and true-life examples--of how using these illicit substances can damage you. Can damage, especially, the growing muscle that is the brain of a teenager. In this day and age, it isn't just enough to place "Say No To Drugs" banners in schools; it's not just enough to send D.A.R.E. police officers to talk to elementary students. Today's teens are smart, and given the proper information, they can make informed decisions. For every teen who has ever wondered just what, exactly, smoking marijuana does to your body, or how drinking alcohol can effect you later in life, or for parents wondering what to do if they suspect their kids have used drugs, this is the book for you. In Part One of the book, titled The Challenge, you get the following categories: Puberty Blues, Is My Child On Drugs?, A Mother's Story, How The Brain Works, Vandalism In The Refinery, You Must Remember This, What Is Marijuana?, The Story Of Two Users, So Who'd Be A Parent?, What Can We Do?, Kids This Is For You, A Sister's Story, Getting Off Drugs, A Counselor's Story, and a Conclusion. In Part Two, The Danger List, you get a reference guide to today's most popular and major drugs: Alcohol, Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Caffeine, Cocaine, Designer Drugs, Hallucinogens, Inhalants & Volatile Substances, Legal highs, Marijuana, Nicotine, Opiates/Narcotics, and Steroids. In Part 3, The Hard Science, the authors back up their findings with a Bibliography and Suggested Reading List, along with a Glossary. It's not enough to just tell your kids that drugs are dangerous. Although it's true that teens often learn by experience, there's no need for them to experiment with drugs to find out that they can kill you. By reading THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY, you, and your teen, will be informed on the hidden--and obvious--dangers of partaking in illegal, and sometimes even legal, substances. And for those who are looking for ways to avoid drugs in everyday life, perhaps at a party where they're offered something they don't want? Check out the list titled "20 Ways to Say No to Drugs at a Party Without Feeling Like a Dweeb." My personal favorites? "No way. Last time I touched that stuff I went home, tidied my room, mowed the lawns and washed the car. It was really scary, man." Or how about "Have you got anything that won't make me projectile-vomit without warning?" Or if that fails, you can try "No thanks, my I.Q. is dangerously low already." In a pinch, though, just saying "No thanks, not for me" can only prolong your life. Pick up a copy of THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY today. It's one book that just might save your more
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