Downside of Drugs

Todays students have likely heard the advice to "Just Say No" to drugs and alcohol, but many young people's education about drug and alcohol use stops there. Using a highly visual, question-and-answer format, this series explores the life-altering consequences that can stem from drug and alcohol use from the health risks associated with smoking, drinking, or doing drugs to the legal repercussions of drug use. Each title in this series focuses on a different drug, from hard drugs like cocaine and heroin to prescription pills that young people are abusing more and more, using images and well-organized bite-size pieces of text to explore the serious risks that go along with these dangerous substances.


ISBN 978-1-4222-3015-2
11 volumes
8 1/2 x 11 inches
Dr. Joshua Borus
Harvard Medical School
* This series is designed to attract younger readers and to help them understand exactly what each drug can do to their bodies.
* The author has included eye-catching color photographs, artwork, and charts to accompany the text.
* If the substance being discussed can be deadly, the author has included a paragraph about what to do if someone has overdosed; the same paragraph appears in all the relevant volumes.
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* Dr. Joshua Borus from Harvard Medical School wrote an introduction to this series that appears in the front of each book. It is a thoughtful piece of writing, aimed at young teens, and it talks about getting older and having more freedoms; about having choices and how to make sure one has enough information and has put enough thought into things in order to make good choices. It explains that this series of books offers information about drugs so that teens who read these books will have the knowledge and ability to make smart choices.
* Each book has sixteen chapters, each chapter is no more than two pages long, and at the end of each title, there is a glossary, an index, a list of photo credits, a short book list "For Further Reading", and a short list of websites where you can "Find Out More On The Internet." Each book covers the chemical makeup of the drug in question, and explores how taking it affects the brain and body. The authors touch on why the drug might seem like a good thing, but then write about all the downsides, from the physical to the emotional to the legal.
* The aptly named Downside of Drugs series offers teens information about commonly abused drugs in hopes that it will deter their use.
* ...offers a sensible introduction by Joshua Borus, physician and instructor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, suggesting that young people plan their response to drug offers ahead of time, arming themselves with information about use and abuse.
* Each title introduces a class of drugs, describes their effects on young human bodies and brains, and offers specific examples. The authors go on to explain why these drugs are addictive, why they might be abused, how readers can recognize abuse, and each drug's legal status. Finally, they cover what happens when the drugs and alcohol are used together and other particular questions.
* Except in Caffeine, each includes a page with numbers to call in case of overdose or overdose questions.
* Each spread is a single chapter, presented in a few paragraphs
* Written with a Harvard Medical School consultant, this series discusses drugs in a tone that is appropriately sober yet not alarmist or condescending. The authors demonstrate empathy toward teens and the pressures they face.
* ...many diagrams convey useful content, including a diagram in Dangerous Depressants and Sedatives that shows parts of the body affected by depressants and another one demonstrating how the chemicals impact the brain.
* Readers will absorb vast amounts of information through the text and the sidebars, which lend themselves to discussion and further research.
* ...this series is mostly well written and expertly researched.
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Marijuana: Legal & Developmental Consequences
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