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.
Chapter 10: Poly Drug Use
Poly Drug Use
Poly drug use is the use of more than one substance (legal or illegal) consumed at the same time or sequentially.
Many of the case studies on particular drugs in this volume make reference to poly drug use, and the potential for harm. However evidence from major studies across the developed world indicates that poly drug use is the norm for many people, and not necessarily those who have a dependency problem. For example, there is an acceptance that a key feature of the club and dance scene is young people experimenting with a variety of substances (Parker et al., 1998). However, within the literature there is disagreement over what the term ‘poly drug use’ should actually entail in ...