Drug Abuse Sourcebook, 5th Ed.

Health Reference Series

Drug Abuse Sourcebook, 5th Ed.

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Drug abuse remains a growing problem in the United States. A survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2010 found that 8.9% of the population had used an illicit drug or abused a prescription medication. The medical, social, and familial costs of substance use are enormous—nearly $200 billion a year according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Drug Abuse Sourcebook, 5th Edition, provides updated information about the abuse of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications. It describes specific drugs of abuse, their health-related consequences, addiction potential, and related harms to individuals, families, and communities. Drug treatment and recovery options are discussed, along with information on drug testing and drug-use prevention.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below.

Part I: Facts and Statistics about Drug Abuse in the United States presents core data regarding the drug abuse problem, detailing the prevalence of drug abuse and the costs to society in terms of medical care, hospitalization, social consequences, and treatment outcomes. It also discusses federal regulation of prescriptions, laws pertaining to illegal and legal drugs, and the current debate over medical and legalized marijuana. Statistics on substance abuse treatment is also provided.

Part II: Drug Abuse and Specific Populations describes drug use initiation and the effects of drug abuse on various groups of people, including children, adolescents, and women. It also addresses social factors affecting drug abuse, such as employment status, and it considers drug use in inmate, veteran, senior, and disabled populations.

Part III: Drugs of Abuse provides facts about illicit and misused substances, such as performance enhancers, inhalants, hallucinogens, dissociative drugs, narcotics, sedatives, stimulants and legally available substances, including anabolic steroids, marijuana, Rohypnol, ecstasy (MDMA), LSD, heroin, hydrocodone, cocaine, methamphetamine, tobacco, alcohol, and many others. The part concludes with information about new and emerging drugs of abuse.

Part IV: The Causes and Consequences of Drug Abuse and Addiction explains the science behind addiction and what is known about the risk factors that can lead to drug dependency. Concerns related to coexisting alcohol problems or multidrug use, and prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse are addressed, in addition to the medical, legal, financial, and social ramifications of drug abuse. The part also looks at the connection between substance abuse and infectious diseases, and it addresses related mental health issues, including suicide ideation.

Part V: Drug Abuse Treatment and Recovery offers suggestions for recognizing the existence of a drug problem and options for taking steps toward achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including first aid, intervention, and detoxification. It provides details about various treatment approaches and reports on strategies for sustaining recovery. The part also discusses the legal rights of those in recovery and concerns related to the criminal justice system.

Part VI: Drug Abuse Testing and Prevention lays the groundwork for responses to drug abuse—in society, in schools, and especially in the home. It discusses ways parents can communicate with their children regarding drug abuse, and it addresses concerns about preventing drug abuse in the workplace. Drug testing is discussed in detail, and federal drug abuse prevention campaigns are described.

Part VII: Additional Help and Information provides resources for readers seeking further assistance. It includes a glossary of terms related to drug abuse and a listing of street terms for common drugs of abuse. It concludes with directories of state substance abuse agencies and other organizations providing resources on drug abuse and addiction.