Illicit and Misused Drugs

This series offers young adults a wealth of information on the dangerous physical and psychological effects of the most commonly misused drugs, both prescription and illegal. These books provide students with the resources they need to make intelligent and informed choices against substance abuse.


ISBN 978-1-4222-2424-3
The entire series is not available in hardcover. There are 14 out of 17 volumes available.
17 volumes
12 and up
7th & up
6 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches
Jack E. Henningfield, Ph.D., is a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and he is also Vice President for Research and Health Policy at Pinney Associates, a consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland, that specializes in science policy and regulatory issues concerning public health, medications development, and behavior-focused disease management. Dr. Henningfield has contributed information relating to addiction to numerous reports of the U.S. Surgeon General, the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Health Organization.
"Visually appealing and easy to read, this series provides useful and current information in an attractive format." "Addiction in America describes the concepts, causes, and issues common to all forms of substance abuse. The others focus on a single substance and describe its history, users, dangers, and treatments." "What purportedly sets this series apart is its effort to address the controversies. The information is accessible for its teen audience, and the writing is competent..."
"This set is exceptional in several ways. Each title incorporates a history of the drug or issue; each has informative sidebars often using charts and graphs; each presents the dangers and legal consequences of drug use; each presents a large variety of color graphics; each presents statistics that are valuable tools for research; and each relates a real life true story with which students can identify. These books will be useful to the student researcher as well as general information reader. Classes studying current or controversial events, sociology, health and physical education, and government and economics will all benefit from the useful information in this series. Highly Recommended."
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Abusing Over the Counter Drugs: Illicit Uses for Everyday Drugs
by Kim Etingoff

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The government has approved them. You don't need a prescription. You can get them at practically any supermarket. So obviously over-the-counter medications can't be dangerous, right? Wrong. When taken in ways other than directed, over-the-counter medications can be just as dangerous as many illegal drugs. And because there's a false sense of security about the medications--and because they are in almost everyone's home medicine cabinet--the abuse and misuse of over-the-counter medications are on the rise. "Abusing Over-the-Counter Drugs: Illicit Uses for Everyday Drugs" presents the facts about this alarming trend. You'll learn what drugs are most misused, the effects of misused over-the-counter medications, and what the government is doing to stem the problem. You will also find suggestions on how to get help to stop abusing over-the-counter medications.

Addiction in America: Society, Psychology, and Heredity
by Ida Walker

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Almost 40 percent of people living in the United States have an addiction to alcohol, drugs, or some form of tobacco. These addictions cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars every year. Clearly, addiction is an enormous problem. "Addiction in America: Society, Psychology, and Heredity" takes a look at what leads people to a life of addiction--the social, psychological, and hereditary factors that might make an individual susceptible to addiction. This book provides you with an overview of one of the most serious problems facing American society today.

Addiction Treatment: Escaping the Trap
by Ida Walker

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In the United States and Canada, millions of individuals have problems with substance abuse. In some cases the problems are relatively minor, but in others, that abuse leads to addiction. Addiction is a serious and costly disease. In "Addiction Treatment: Escaping the Trap", you will learn some definitions important in the study of addiction treatment. You will also learn about the history of addiction treatment, including the work and continuing influence of the Washingtonians, the Emmanuel Movement, the Oxford Movement, and of course, Alcoholics Anonymous. Treatment philosophies are also presented in this book. Not all treatment methods are alike, and successful addiction treatment combines a variety of approaches. In "Addiction Treatment", you will learn that recovery is an ongoing process, and read about suggestions on how to maintain a sober life.

Alcohol Addiction: Not Worth the Buzz
by Ida Walker

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What's wrong with a beer now and then? Or a glass of wine with dinner? For most people--of legal age--there's absolutely nothing wrong with having an occasional drink. But for others, those with drinking problems, there's no such thing as an occasional drink. For them, one drink leads to another and another and another. . . "Alcohol Addiction: Not Worth the Buzz" provides you with important information about alcohol addiction (alcoholism) and other drinking problems. You will learn about the history of alcohol use and early attempts to curb drinking, how alcohol affects the brain, and the effects it has on the body in the long and short term. This book also provides information on how individuals with alcohol problems can get help. Through first-person stories, you will learn how alcohol personally affected the lives of young people, and how they did not let alcohol addiction defeat them.

Cocaine: The Rush to Destruction
by Zachary Chastain

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Blow, snow, crack . . . Whatever you call it, cocaine is a big problem in the United States and Canada. More than a million individuals in the United States can be classified as being addicted to cocaine. "Cocaine: The Rush to Destruction" tells the story of cocaine, its history and role in medicine, religion, and even soda production. Learn about the biology behind the highs--and lows--of the drug's use. You will also discover the long- and short-term effects of cocaine abuse and addiction, and you'll get information on kicking the cocaine habit. First-person stories of individuals with cocaine addiction--and some who are fighting the addiction--provide cautionary tales as well as stories of hope.

Dual Diagnosis: Drug Addiction and Mental Illness
by Malinda Miller

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Having a drug addiction is hard enough. So is having a mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression, or an anxiety disorder. Imagine having them both. You'll find out what that's like in "Dual Diagnosis: Drug Addiction and Mental Illness". Many people suffer from both an addiction to a drug and another mental illness, making everyday life almost impossible. "Dual Diagnosis" explores ways to deal with dangerous addictions on top of mental illness. The book covers what addictions and mental illnesses are, diagnosis, and multiple treatment options. You'll also read inspirational stories about people who have suffered with--and overcome--dual diagnosis.

Ecstasy: Dangerous Euphoria
by Malinda Miller

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Ecstasy--or MDMA as scientists know it-- is a growing trend in North America and around the world. Researchers are looking into the possibility that ecstasy could help patients with anxiety disorders. Meanwhile, thousands of young people are abusing ecstasy to get a high. It's especially popular at parties and raves, where it can be most dangerous, though its use is growing outside of this setting. "Ecstasy: Dangerous Euphoria" provides information on what ecstasy is, where it comes from, and who becomes addicted. Read on to find out important information about ecstasy abuse and its effect on the brain and body. You'll also learn about how to fight ecstasy addiction and how to lead a clean life.

Hallucinogens: Unreal Visions
by Sheila Nelson

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Seeing things that aren't really there, thinking thoughts you would never normally have thought-- hallucinogenic drugs work on the body by altering the way a person thinks, feels, or experiences reality. Some of these drugs are found in nature, while others are created in laboratories. All of them can have dangerous short-term and long-term effects. "Hallucinogens: Unreal Visions" tells the long history of these drugs. Because of the effects hallucinogens have on perceptions, people have often believed these drugs were showing them deeper meanings about the world or helping them connect with gods or their own unconscious minds. Hallucinogens, however, can be extremely dangerous. While legitimate medical or therapeutic uses may be found for these drugs in the future, taking them with friends or alone could be extremely dangerous or even deadly. This book will tell you more.

Heroin and Other Opioids: Poppies' Perilous Children
by E.J. Sanna

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Heroin, opium, morphine, and codeine--the natural opioids. In "Heroin and Other Opioids: Poppies' Perilous Children", you'll learn about these substances as well as newer derivatives, all of which can impact lives in serious and negative ways. Take a trip through the history of opium production and use, and its role in political history. Discover that opioids were popular patent medicines, the primary ingredients of such "medicines" as Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup, Hamlin's Wizard Oil, and other "cures for what ails you." Heroin and opioids didn't just go away when their use was outlawed. Instead, they became part of a large illegal narcotics market. Legal derivatives were also produced and marketed as effective treatments for pain and other conditions.

Inhalants & Solvents: Sniffing Disaster
by Noa Flynn

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You can buy many of them in the supermarket--so how dangerous can inhalants be? Very. Just ask the parents of Kyle Williams, or of Dave, whose portrait hangs in an exhibition about the dangers of using drugs. Both boys died as a result of using inhalants. Inhalants and Solvents: Sniffing Disaster tells the story of these two individuals as well as others who have sniffed, bagged, or ingested inhalants in other forms. You'll also learn how inhalants and solvents act on the brain and body, producing the feelings sought by their users. Treatment can be difficult for those who abuse inhalants and solvents, but Inhalants and Solvents: Sniffing Disaster provides you with factual and up-to-date information about how to live a life free of abuse.

Marijuana: Mind-Altering Weed
by E.J. Sanna

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Marijuana. It's been called a gateway drug, an introduction to the world of harder illegal drugs. Yet many people consider it to be a safe drug--at least safer than heroin, LSD, or cocaine. However, while marijuana might not be directly responsible for causing any deaths, the consequences of its use can be detrimental to the lives of its users. This book describes the history of marijuana use, the dangers of its use, and the legal consequences. You'll also learn about the controversies surrounding the drug--including the issues of decriminalization and the use of medical marijuana. Treatment options for marijuana dependency are also discussed.

Methamphetamine: Unsafe Speed
by Kim Etingoff

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Meth, speed, chalk, glass, yaba, ice. Whatever you call it, methamphetamine has become one of the most abused and dangerous drugs in the world. It can be made in home labs from easily obtained ingredients, and its use crosses economic and social barriers. Urban or rural communities, it doesn't matter. Methamphetamine is everywhere. In "Methamphetamine: Unsafe Speed", you'll learn how methamphetamine was developed, how its use has spread, and how it is used for limited medical purposes. You'll also learn about methamphetamine abuse. Who becomes an abuser? What are the symptoms of meth abuse? How can addiction be overcome? What are the legal consequences of meth abuse? This book offers answers to all these questions.

Natural and Everyday Drugs: A False Sense of Security
by Ida Walker

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You've seen the ads: "Never diet again! Our all-natural treatment magically melts away the pounds!" "Want to boost your athletic performance? Dr. Smith has found the secret to improved stamina and strength with his all-natural formula!" "Need more energy? Our all-natural juice product will give you the pick-me-up you need!" After all, what do you have to lose? If it's all natural, it can't hurt. Or can it? If you have trouble believing these ads, you're right to be skeptical. "All-natural" dietary supplements seldom deliver the amazing results they claim. And just because they're natural, doesn't mean that some of these substances can't cause serious damage to a user's health. Read "Natural and Everyday Drugs: A False Sense of Security" to find out more.

Painkillers: Prescription Dependency
by Ida Walker

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Statistics on drug use show that abuse is decreasing. That's the good news. But there's bad news as well: the abuse of prescription drugs is increasing. Among the most abused prescription medications are painkillers, something many people have in their medicine cabinets. In "Painkillers: Prescription Dependency", you will find out what pain really is--and what it isn't--as well as the history of pain. The book also provides up-to-date information about painkillers and how they are abused. Special attention is given to OxyContin, which has expanded addiction to new groups of people. Treatment methods are also covered--but the best route is never to become addicted!

Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug
by Ida Walker

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It seemed like an easy answer. If a child was diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder--ADHD--give him Ritalin and all would be better. The answer--and the condition--turned out not to be that easy. "Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug" provides an overview of ADHD and the drug most often prescribed to treat the condition. This book provides you with a description of other drugs like Ritalin and their effects, good and bad. You will also learn about ADHD and the controversy surrounding its diagnosis and treatment. But Ritalin and other drugs like it have moved out of the classroom and away from their legitimate uses in treating a medical condition. College students and young professionals are now using the drugs to gain that "extra edge" to achieve success. "Recreational Ritalin: The Not-So-Smart Drug" tells their stories as well. You will also discover how Ritalin abuse is being effectively treated.

Sedatives & Hypnotics: Deadly Downers
by Ida Walker

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Almost everyone has trouble sleeping once in a while. Sometimes your mind keeps racing with new ideas long after your body is ready to shut down for the evening. Other nights, life's problems follow you to bed and prevent you from getting a good night's sleep. But an occasional night of insomnia needn't justify addiction to sedatives and other sleep-inducing medications. "Sedatives and Hypnotics: Deadly Downers" reveals the long history of sedatives and hypnotics. You'll discover how these drugs work and their effects, good and bad. Preventative measures are discussed, as well as treatment options for abuse and addiction.

Steroids: Pumped Up and Dangerous
by Ida Walker

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You're a high school athlete who wants to increase the possibility of a successful college sports career and a shot at the pros. But you know you just don't have all that it takes. Then it hits you: you can do what the pros do (at least some of them)--take steroids! It may sound like a good idea, but "Steroids: Pumped Up and Dangerous" reveals these drugs' dangerous side effects, both short and long term. Get the lowdown on treatment and the legal consequences of using illegal steroids. Perhaps most important, discover safer ways to achieve the same results.

Tobacco: Through the Smoke Screen
by Zachary Chastain

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It has been used in sacred ceremonies, in medicine, and as a life-saving cash crop in the New World. But today, tobacco is a problem--a big problem. It is one of the first substances to which young people become addicted, and it contains thousands of chemicals that are dangerous to smokers and to those who are simply in the proximity of the smoke. In "Tobacco: Through the Smoke Screen", you'll learn the story of tobacco, its history, its role in culture, and its dangers. You will also learn about the power of tobacco over smokers and chewers, and how cigarette makers help increase its hold--and make it more difficult to live without it. Last of all, you'll find suggestions on how to kick the tobacco habit and reverse its ill effects.

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