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Key Concepts in Drugs and Society

by Ross Coomber, Karen McElrath, Fiona Measham and Karenza Moore SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
04/2013
ISBN:
9781847874856
Format:
Pbk 208 pages
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How do we understand drug use? How are drugs related to our social worlds? How should drug use be understood, approached and dealt with?

Insightful and illuminating, this book successfully discusses drugs in social contexts. In an elegant manner, the authors bring together their different theoretical and practical backgrounds, offering a comprehensive and interdisciplinary introduction that opens up a wide scientific understanding moving beyond cultural myths and presuppositions.

Powerful and engaging, this book discusses main questions within the field of psychoactive drugs research, such as:

• Why do people take drugs?

• How do we understand moral panics?

• What is the relationship between drugs and violence?

• How do people's social positions influence their individual involvement in drug use?

This is an invaluable reference source for students on criminology, sociology and social sciences programmes, as well as students and drug service practitioners in social work, social policy and nursing.

PART ONE: TYPES OF DRUGS AND PATTERNS OF USE
What Is a Drug/Medicine?
Prevalence and Trends in Illicit Drug Use
Why Do People Take Drugs?
Addiction
Legal Drugs: Alcohol and Tobacco
Polydrug Use/Polysubstance Use
Common Illicit Drugs
Typologies of Drug Use: Use-Misuse-Abuse and Problematic-Recreational Use
Binge-Drinking
Raves and Circuit Parties
Dance Drugs/Club Drugs
Cross-cultural and Traditional Drug Use
Gender, Ethnicity and Social Class
Normalisation
PART TWO: DRUG EFFECTS
Drug Effects: Drug, Set and Setting
Medical Marijuana and Other Therapeutic Uses of Illicit Drugs
Prescribed and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs
Novel Psychoactive Substances
The Gateway Hypothesis/Stepping Stone Theory
Drug-related Violence
Drugs and Crime
Drug Risks and Health Harms
Injecting Drug Use
HIV/AIDS and Other Blood-borne Viruses
PART THREE: DRUG POLICY, TREATMENT AND PERCEPTIONS OF THE DRUG PROBLEM
Drug Treatment and Quasi-compulsory Treatment (QCT)
Harm Reduction
Substitute Prescribing
The New Recovery Approach
Prevention: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary
International Drug Control History/Prohibition
Drugs in Sport
Drug Scares and Moral Panics
Drug Dealers
Drug Markets: Difference and Diversity
Drug Trafficking
Crop Eradication, Crop Substitution and Legal Cultivation
War on Drugs
Drug Testing in Schools and Workplaces
Drug Courts
Decriminalisation, Legalisation and Legal Regulation
Liberalisation

Scholars, students or even a lay audiences, will find this useful for grounding themselves in a broad understanding of the roles that drugs play in human society... a welcome addition to the tool box: it helps restore a learning style that has been largely displaced by an MTV-style of learning that blasts factoids in a pastiche of information with no apparent rhyme, reason or theoretical foundation to support it. Key Concepts covers a prodigious amount of intellectual terrain in a relatively small amount of space, making it a book that people might both buy and carry around. It could very well become the "Key Words" of the drug field.
Ross Coomber University of Plymouth
Karen McElrath Queen's University of Belfast
Fiona Measham University of Lancaster
Karenza Moore University of Lancaster