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Drugs and Drug Policy

Drugs and Drug Policy
The Control of Consciousness Alteration

Second Edition

August 2013 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This engaging text provides a cross-national perspective on the use and regulation of both legal and illegal drugs. It examines and critiques drug policies in the United States and abroad in terms of their scope, goals, and effectiveness. Authors Clayton J. Mosher and Scott Akins also discuss the physiological, psychological, and behavioral effects of legal and illicit drugs; the patterns and correlates of use; and theories of the “causes” of drug use.
Chapter 1. Drug Controversies and Demonization
Chapter 2. Theories of Drug Use
Chapter 3. The Effects of Drugs: Part I
Chapter 4. The Effects of Drugs: Part II
Chapter 5. Patterns of Illegal Drug Use
Chapter 6. Patterns of Legal Drug Use
Chapter 7. Drug Prevention Programs
Chapter 8. Drug Treatment
Chapter 9. Policies Regulating Legal Drugs, Part I: Alcohol and Tobacco
Chapter 10. Policies Regulating Legal Drugs, Part II: Prescription and Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Herbal Supplements
Chapter 11. Policies Regulating Illegal Drugs
Chapter 12. Drug Policies in Other Countries and United States Influence

This book complements other readings in the area of drugs, crime and society and develops the study of policy within the guidance factors for government agencies.

Mr Martin Dorgan
MBA, University College Cork (NUI)
February 29, 2016

This is a comprehensive book written in an easy to access style. Though written very much from a U.S. standpoint there is a chapter on International drug policy.

I particularly like the Internet Exercises suggested at the end of each chapter.

Mr Scott Macpherson
The School of Nursing & Midwifery, Robert Gordon University
May 22, 2015

This is a fabulous text. It is the book I would liked to have written if I have not been beaten to it by this author. It is clear, concise and loaded with evidence and is a broad as it is deep. It steers a path away from the hackneyed formula of introduction-substances-consequences-opinion proving there is a disciplined aproach to the subject that is more than competent in identifying all the factors in the debate and in subsequent action. It has to be core text for anyone aiming to take 'substance mis/use' issues seriously. Well done....

Mr David Chaisty
Social Work , Cornwall College
November 5, 2014

This is a wonderful, eye-opening and informative step by step guide for researchers and educators in the field of drug abuse, this is awesome book and easy to read

Dr Jabulani Makhubele
Social Work, University of Limpopo
April 22, 2014

I need a text that spends more time on the nexus between drugs and crime and LE response.

Mr Michael Jenkins
Sociology, University of Central Oklahoma
November 11, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 11

Clayton J. Mosher

Clayton Mosher received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University Vancouver. He is the author of several books and articles in the areas of inequality in criminal justice system processing, drugs and drug policies, and the impact of prison construction on employment. Besides co-authoring the Second Edition of Drugs and Drug Policy, he co-authored the Second Edition of The Mismeasure of Crime (SAGE, 2012) with Terance Miethe and Timothy Hart. More About Author

Scott M. Akins

Scott Akins is currently a Professor of Sociology at Oregon State University. His research interests include drug use and policy; immigration, drug use and crime; and the intersection of disadvantage, ethnicity, and crime. He is author of Drugs and Drug Policy: The Control of Consciousness Alteration and In the Weeds: Demonization, Legalization, and the Evolution of U.S. Marijuana Policy.  More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452242392