This fully updated edition of the essential reference Understanding Drugs provides a complete overview of the key facts and core issues surrounding substance misuse. All commonly-used street drugs are covered, with quick reference guides, helpful diagrams and clear information on each drug's effects, methods of use, legal status, availability, treatment options and associated slang. This edition includes new sections on ketamine, `date-rape' drugs, and over-the-counter opiate-based drugs, and recent findings on the long-term effects of cannabis and its potential medicinal use, and discussion of the legalisation debate.
This comprehensive handbook is an essential reference for teachers, social workers, youth workers, residential home managers, policy makers and parents, enabling readers to recognise drug misuse and confidently offer information and guidance.
A companion volume, Understanding Drug Issues: A Photocopiable Resource Workbook is also available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 246 x 173 x 18 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition
This book is about as up to date as it gets and is set out in a way that makes it easy to find the particular drug you want to look up... The writers have written in plain English, free from jargon and terminology, which makes it not only understandable but also interesting and informative to readers, including parents and young people. The use of pictures and diagrams to show the effects on the body of each drug is particularly appealing to visual learners, and leaves readers in no doubt as to the potential harm the drug can cause. It also includes recent findings about long-term effects of cannabis, something that all young people who use the drug should be aware of. On the flip side it also looks at the possible medical uses of cannabis. This book provides information not only about the different types of drugs, but also the indicators of drug use, providing the reader with signs of drug use and what to do about them. There is a section on over-the-counter and prescription-only drugs - the book doesn't restrict itself to illegal drugs. The writers' vast experience is demonstrated throughout the book, and it is clear that both are familiar with the subject area. -- Counselling Children and Young People
This is a must-have for the staff library! I cannot praise it too highly... The sections on signs and symptoms of misuse is invaluable for anyone in close contact with young people. -- School Librarian Journal
We all have a responsibility to take action and make a difference, this book can contribute to this process by providing the factual information necessary to understand why drugs do what they do, and why they both appeal to and attract many. This is the first step in the process. Use and apply the information wisely for the benefit of our future. -- Police Service Journal
This book is highly recommended to all professionals and lay-persons, who need to have a good all-round knowledge of street drugs. The clear and user-friendly style in which it has been written makes this publication very approachable as well as interesting, In addition to numerous charts and diagrams, this book also contains very useful photographs that all promote a clearer understanding of the relevant subject-matter. It will also be particularly useful to the police service as a whole, as well as specialised squads. -- Police Journal/Internet Law Books
Praise for the first edition:
'Now and then a book hits the market that gets it just right. This publication is written in a clear, jargon-free style, making it an easy, interesting and informative read... This book should be on every reading list.'-- Nursing Times
This book not only provides information about drug types, but also indicators of drug use and dealing with drug related incidents, providing the reader with information on what to look out for and what to do...a must for all adults working with young people and parents. -- Psychiatric Care
Understanding Drugs provides a wealth of information... It is particularly well set out for quick and easy reference. I wholeheartedly recommend it. -- British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Drugs in all their forms, both medical and recreational, are examined in this accessible book, presented in a balanced way. The authors both have considerable experience... If you want to understand more about drugs; to be able to give young people accurate and sensible information; to help someone who is involved in drugs; or to formulate a policy on substance misuse... This is an excellent place to find out. -- Health Visitor
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