Drugs in Society

6th Edition

Causes, Concepts and Control

Authors: Michael Lyman
Paperback ISBN: 9781437744507
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 14th October 2010
Page Count: 552


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<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>

Key Features

  • Thoughtful analysis of the diverse perspectives on dealing with the impact of drug use and drug trafficking on American society
  • A close look at the growing influence of Mexican cartels on the drug-trafficking landscape and the impact of their activity in and around the U.S. border
  • Text is supplemented with photos, charts, critical thinking tasks, learning objectives, key terms, and discussion questions
  • Appendices cover drug scheduling and federal trafficking penalties


Students in the criminal justice field

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


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About the Author

Michael Lyman

Michael D. Lyman is a Professor of Criminal Justice in the Criminal Justice and Human Services Department at Columbia College of Missouri. In addition to being a teaching faculty member, he serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program and Director of the Forensic Science Program. He is designated as an expert in police procedure in more than 30 states and frequently testifies as an expert witness in criminal cases.

Affiliations and Expertise

Columbia College of Missouri