Drugs Without the Hot Air

ISBN-10: 1906860165

ISBN-13: 9781906860165

Edition: 2012

Authors: David Nutt

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From health to family to society, this informative exploration takes an evidence-based view of all the factors involved in drug use. Applying the same objective criteria to legal and illegal substances, an argument is made that legality is not a clear measure for harm. Tackling a variety of questions, such asWhich is more harmful—Ecstasy or alcohol?Can addiction be cured?andDoes the "War on Drugs" have serious unintended effects that can hurt children?, this analysis equips readers with the ability to make educated decisions regarding drugs both personally and in their communities. Broadening the scope of the discussion, a framework is explored for formulating national drug policies that will minimize a myriad of harms—social, medical, criminal, financial, and environmental.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: UIT Cambridge
Publication date: 5/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Why I had to write this book
Who this book is for
Is ecstasy more dangerous than horse riding?
Go compare
What is ecstasy?
Does ecstasy kill?
What are the other harms of ecstasy?
Ecstasy in the media
Ecstasy: a moral issue
Why measuring drug harms frightens politicians
Ecstasy and post-traumatic stress disorder
How can we measure the harms done by drugs?
Why measure?
Sixteen different sorts of harm
Multi-criteria decision analysis
The expert panel
Which drugs did the expert panel consider?
Rating the drugs
Weighting the scores
Limitations of the model
Critical reception
Reviewing a drug's Class? The case of ketamine
Why do people take drugs?
How drugs evolved
Chemicals in the human brain
A typical day without drugs
What is a drug?
Opioids - opium, heroin, methadone, ...
Stimulants or "uppers" - cocaine, amphetamine, ...
Depressants or "downers" - alcohol, benzodiazepines, GHB
Psychedelics - LSD, mushrooms, ...
Less easily-classified drugs
A typical day on drugs
A brief history of drug use
Why do people take drugs?
Why this matters
Cannablis, and why did Queen Victoria take it?
Cannabis as hemp
Cannabis as a drug
What are the benefits?
What are the harms?
Cannabis routes of use
Is skunk more harmful than hash?
Why did cannabis stop being seen as a medicine?
Medicinal cannabis use in the UK today
Does cannabis cause schizophrenia?
If alcohol were discovered today, would it be legal?
How the drinks industry influences alcohol policy
How can we reduce the harm done by alcohol?
"Meow meow" - should mephedrone have been banned?
"Meow meow"
What is mephedrone and why is it called plant food?
The harms and benefits of taking mephedrone
Why was mephedrone banned?
The designer drug problem
Alternative approaches
The very least we ought to know
The original cathinone: khat
What is addiction? Is there an "addictive personality"?
Addiction in history
The brain mechanisms of addiction
What is tolerance and why does it occur?
Withdrawal and craving
Diagnosing addiction
Is there an "addictive personality"?
Protective factors - why some people don't get addicted to drugs
How does neuroimaging work?
Can addiction be cured?
Tony Adams and alcohol
Pete Doherty, heroin and crack
Amy Winehouse
Psychological treatments
Pharmacological substitutes
Other pharmacological treatments
What is heroin?
Why do people take heroin, and why can't they stop?
Using heroin to treat heroin addicts
Advantages and disadvantages of methadone treatment
Buprenorphine - a better solution?
Evaluating treatments
The Portuguese experiment
Preventing addiction
Cocaine - from chewing to crack
Routes of use and main associated harms
Why are drugs used in different forms?
Kinetics and dynamics of addiction
From chewing to crack: the history of cocaine
Why is crack twice as addictive as cocaine?
The international damage done by cocaine
Why was smoking banned in public places?
The 2007 ban on smoking in public places in the UK
What is tobacco?
What are tobacco's harms and benefits?
How do we know that smoking causes lung cancer?
Why is smoking so addictive?
Public-health responses and industry resistance
Consequences of the UK smoking ban
Freedom and choice
Prescription drugs
What are benzodiazepines and how do they work?
What are the benefits and harms of benzodiazepines?
Antidepressants and SSRIs
The pharmaceutical industry and science
The mental-health epidemic
Informed consent
Can drugs improve performance?
Muscle and power
Other drugs in sport
Improving mental performance - cognition enhancers
Psychedelics - should scientists try LSD?
How do psychedelics work?
The discovery of LSD
LSD and psychiatry
Set and setting
LSD leaves the laboratory
What are the harms of LSD and psychedelics?
What are the benefits of psychedelics?
Should scientists take LSD?
Mushrooms and other psychedelics
Why were magic mushrooms banned in the UK?
The War on Drugs, and drugs in war
The other "war on drugs"
Amphetamines and war
The aims of the War on Drugs
Has the War on Drugs reduced supply?
Has the War on Drugs reduced demand?
Has the War on Drugs minimised harm?
Why are we still at war?
What are the alternatives?
Comparing the harms of cannabis and prison
The future of drugs
Genetic sequencing
What are the risks of genetic sequencing?
Treating addiction
Learning and unlearning
New drugs research
The Brain Science, Addiction and Drugs Foresight programme
What sort of future do we want?
What should I tell my kids about drugs?
Young people and drugs
Alcohol and tobacco are drugs
All drugs can potentially cause harm
Tell your kids about drugs from an early age
Never inject
Don't use solvents
Don't take drink and drugs at the same time
A criminal record could ruin your career
Find good sources of advice
If you do take drugs, be clear why
If you do get into trouble with drugs, get help quickly
If you use drugs, don't let them interfere with school
Butane and other solvents
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