Drugs in Society

Causes, Concepts and Control


  • Michael Lyman

<P>This work focuses on the many critical areas of America’s drug problem, providing a foundation for rational decision making within this complex and multidisciplinary field. Broken into three sections: Understanding the Problem, Gangs and Drugs, and Fighting Back, topics covered include the business of drugs and the role of organized crime in the drug trade, drug legalization and decriminalization, legal and law enforcement strategies, an analysis of the socialization process of drug use and abuse, and a historical discussion of drug abuse that puts the contemporary drug problem into perspective.</P>
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Students in the criminal justice field


Book information

  • Published: October 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-4450-7

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding the Problem

1. The Nature of the Drug Problem

2. The History of Drug Abuse

3. Understanding Drugs of Abuse

4. The Illicit Drug Trade

5. Domestic Drug Production

6. Drugs and Crime

Part II: Gangs and Drugs

7. Organized Crime and the Drug Trade

8. Domestic Drug-Trafficking Organizations

9. Foreign Drug-Trafficking Organizations

Part III: Fighting Back

10. The Drug Control Initiative

11. Critical Issues in Drug Control

12. The Issue of Legalizing Drugs

13. Understanding Drug Control Policy

14. Control through Treatment and Prevention