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KEY FEATURES: Two opening chapters introduce readers to the theories and perspectives used by social scientists to study drugs and alcohol, and to the larger trends in legal and illegal use of controlled substances. Six chapters on alcohol provide comprehensive coverage of the most widely used and abused drug in America. Lively discussions of alcohol and drugs in American popular culture brings the topic to life and relatable. Two appendices contain case histories from the authors' field research of individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders.

Drugs in Popular Culture
Chapter 10 Drugs in popular culture
Thomas S. WeinbergGerhard FalkUrsula Adler Falk

Drugs have long been embedded in Western culture. Before the arrival of Europeans, the Native population had been using a variety of substances. The Aztecs, for example, used teonanacatyl, a hallucinogenic mushroom. The Jivaro and other South American Indian groups used a tea made from the banisteriopsis vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) variously called ayahuasca or yahe. The potion is a hallucinogen, causing users to see visions such as images of snakes and jaguars (Harner 1965). Some North American tribes used peyote, from which psilocybin is derived (La Barre 1989).1 Before the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, a variety of substances containing cocaine or opiates were widely used, often without prescriptions. Examples ...

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