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.

Categories of Psychoactive substances and Society
Categories of Psychoactive substances and Society

This Part will explore the categorisation of drugs of misuse, their related problems and the worldwide prevalence of use. Particular drugs from each category will then be explored in detail to highlight key issues associated with perceived problems of use and which have become a focus for policy and practice. This section should be read in conjunction with the section on the relationship between politics and scientific knowledge and the emphasis on notions of relative harm.

The term ‘drug’ or ‘drugs’ is one that is ambiguous and fraught with difficulty in a modern globalised world that embraces approaches to both international control and individual freedoms although circumscribed by the need for public protection. At ...

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