This fully updated edition provides a complete overview of the key facts and core issues surrounding substance misuse. All commonly-used street drugs are covered, with quick reference guides, helpful diagrams and clear information on each drug's effects, methods of use, legal status, availability, treatment options and associated slang.
A brief history of drug use and a snapshot of the current drugs situation in Britain -- Cannabis (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol -- Stimulants -- Hallucinogens -- Opiates -- Volatile substance abuse : 'sniffing' -- Tranquillisers and sleeping pills (anxyiolytics and hypnotics) -- Anabolic steroids -- Over-the-counter medicines and prescription-only medicines -- 'Date rape' drugs -- Signs and symptoms of substance misuse : things you need to look out for -- Physical evidence of possible drug or substance use -- Managing drug-related incidents -- Common reasons for drug and substance misuse, and details of available treatment -- The language of drug and substance abuse -- The legislation debate
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