Drug use is a major challenge for public services, healthcare professionals and policy-makers all over the world. This book offers a complete overview of the issues associated with substance misuse from an interdisciplinary perspective. It begins by providing a reference guide to the different psychoactive substances, looking at the biological and psychological impact of their use. Key issues in the effect drugs have on society are then addressed, before outlining methods of recovery and therapy. Chapters include: • Reflective questions to challenge readers’ assumptions • Case studies to help students understand the impact of substances on individuals • Links to further resources to expand readers’ knowledge It will be valuable reading for those studying on degrees in criminology, health, nursing, social work and counselling.

Drugs, Democracy and Society
Drugs, Democracy and Society

What the aims and purposes of drugs policy should be and who decides lies at the heart of debates about drug use. These debates continue to be extremely polarised between arguments for continued prohibition and those who favour legalisation. It is argued by some that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed (see Transform Drugs Policy Foundation at www.tdpf.org.uk/) and that a new approach is needed. Those in favour of continued prohibition (such as the United Nations and many governments) argue that drug use creates significant problems that we have a duty to control and eradicate. However despite the dominant prohibitionist paradigm there are significant global events and processes which are challenging the nature of this debate. Levine ...

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