Drug Abuse in the Modern World - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780080275505, 9781483140940

Drug Abuse in the Modern World

2nd Edition

A Perspective for the Eighties

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Editors: Gabriel G. Nahas Henry Clay Frick
eBook ISBN: 9781483140940
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1981
Page Count: 402
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Drug Abuse in the Modern World: A Perspective for the Eighties is a compilation of research papers presented at an international symposium, held at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. The focus of the conference is the assessment of the effects of addictive drugs on an individual, both in mind and body, and the repercussions of its widespread use on society, specifically during the decade of the 80’s. The book is composed of 49 chapters, which were divided into five parts. The first part presents the pharmacological properties of addictive drugs; its effect on brain functions; and changes in the user’s behavior leading to physical and psychic dependence, which when left unmitigated may cause neurological disorders. A paper on pharmacological cure, specifically for tobacco and alcohol abuse, is presented, as well as the effects of marijuana on the reproductive system. The second part examines drug use among children, family relationships, and drug abuse in adults engaged in various professions and undertakings. The third part exposes how a ""pro-drug"" media can be instrumental in the proliferation of drug use in society and also how religion may have also propagated drug use. In contrast, several articles are likewise written that extols the use of media in spreading the detrimental effects of drugs. Part 4 discusses the state of drug abuse in different cultures and societies; the drug trade; and various interventions being implemented by local governments and international organizations to curb the spread of this epidemic. Part 5 is devoted to the status of drug abuse in the 80’s, efforts made, and plans to fight it. The text is a must-read for physicians, pharmacists, educators, social workers, lawyers, law enforcers, sociologists, students, and people who want to get rid of this menace to the human race.

Table of Contents

List of Participants





Drug Abuse: Pharmacological and Medical Aspects

Drug Addiction: Relation to the Brain Mechanism for Reward and Implications for Survival

A Pharmacological Classification of Drugs of Abuse

Drug Abuse and Psychiatric Disorders: Examinations of Some Specific Relationships

Effect on Children and Adolescents of Mind-Altering Drugs with Special Reference to Cannabis

Marihuana-Induced Psychoses

Medical and Non-Medical Use of Psychotropic Drugs: The Anxiolytics

The Pharmacological Treatment of the Addictive Disorders

Drugs of Abuse and Reproductive Function

Drugs and Drug Users

Drugs and the Nation's High School Students

Drugs in the School: The Shape of Drug Abuse among American Youth in the Seventies

Drugs and the Family

Drug Use by Athletes

Drugs in the Workplace: Retrospective and Prospective

Drugs and Alcohol in the Navy and Marine Corps-Some Considerations

Physicians' Use of Mood-Altering Drugs: A 20-Year Follow up Report

Drug Addicts in a Therapeutic Community; Drug Free Detoxification as the First Step to Rehabilitation

Social Aspects

The New Semantics of Drug Abuse

Drugs and Fashionable Nihilism

Marijuana and the Media

The Drug Culture and its Surrogates, Press and Paraphernalia

A Study in Contrast: Books on Addictive Drugs Printed in the U.S. (1970-1980)

Drug Abuse, Religion and Mysticism

Drug Abuse and the Law: Prosecution or Persecution?

Drug Education--or Drug Information

Drug Abuse in the World

The Epidemic Type of Addiction

Cannabis and Adolescent Culture in the Western World

Drug Abuse in Western Europe in the Past Decade

The Billion Dollar Trade

Hashish Use in Soviet Russia

Drug Abuse: The Eastern Bloc and China

A View from the Third World-The Role of WHO in Drug Addiction

A View from the United Nations

Perspective for the Eighties

Learning from the Past to Cope with the Future

Drug Use and Drug Abuse: A Statistical Correlation with Implications for Prevention

Drug Law Enforcement: Successes, Pitfalls, and Essential Requirements

International Drug Control: The Role of the United States

The School, Teacher, Administration, and Curriculum

Research in the Field of Drug Abuse

The Role of Rehabilitation

The Role of the Legislator in a Democratic Society

Families and Their Crucial Role in Preventing Drug Abuse

The Floodtide of Drugs and the Very Young: Re-Building the Protective Dikes at Home and Abroad


The Billion Dollar Trade




A Debate

The Reims Conference on Marihuana, Sir W.D.M. Paton

The Harvard Medical School Health Letter

The Beneficial Plant Research Association

The Single Convention of the United Nations

The International Medical Council on Drug Use

A Statement of Purpose

A Position Paper

Author Index

Subject Index


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Gabriel G. Nahas

Henry Clay Frick

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