Key Concepts in Drugs and Society
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Key Concepts in Drugs and Society



© 2013 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This is a great resource that reflects the huge expertise of the authors. It will be welcomed by students, researchers and indeed anyone wanting critical but comprehensive coverage of key issues and trends concerning drugs and society - locally and globally, historically and today.'
- Nigel South, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex

'Provides informative, balanced and contextualized insights into the relationships between people and drugs. Whatever your background and however knowledgeable you feel you are about contemporary drug issues, I guarantee that you will learn something unexpected and new from this valuable text.'
- Joanne Neale, Professor of Public Health, Oxford Brookes University

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 involvement in drug use? Insightful and illuminating, this book discusses drugs in social contexts. 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.

This is an invaluable reference source for students on criminology, sociology and social sciences programmes, as well as drug service practitioners such as drug workers, social workers and specialist nurses.

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

The authors’ presentation of this vast amount of material is lucid, up-to-date and very student-friendly. Coomber and his colleagues have done well: this is an excellent text which should prove useful to third-level teachers and their students for years to come.

Shane Butler
School of Social Work & Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

While its structure lends itself to dipping in and providing a veneer of understanding and insight into some of the thorny issues which surround drugs, it is also very readable, and the links between various headings are clearly flagged... it provides a great deal of information and clarity, and provides an excellent basis for common understanding and meaningful debate. We could all benefit from more of that.

David MacKintosh
DrugLink

This is a great resource that does what it promises and reflects the huge expertise of the authors. It will be welcomed by students, researchers and indeed anyone wanting critical but comprehensive coverage of key issues and trends concerning drugs and society - locally and globally, historically and today.

Nigel South
University of Essex

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.

Ric Curtis
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

This highly accessible book provides informative, balanced and contextualized insights into the relationships between people and drugs. Whatever your background and however knowledgeable you feel you are about contemporary drug issues, I guarantee that you will learn something unexpected and new from this valuable text.

Joanne Neale
Oxford Brookes University

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