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Drugs in Society

Causes, Concepts, and Control, 8th Edition

By Michael D. Lyman

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514 pages | 44 B/W Illus.

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Drugs in Society: Causes, Concepts, and Control, Eighth Edition, focuses on the many critical areas of America's drug problem, providing a foundation for rational decision-making within this complex and multidisciplinary field. Lyman offers a comprehensive big-picture examination of the US drug problem, dealing with drugs, abusers, drug enforcement, and public policy. Organized in three sections: Understanding the Problem, Gangs and Drugs, and Fighting Back, topics covered include the business of drugs and the role of organized crime in the drug trade, drug legalization and decriminalization, legal and law enforcement strategies, an analysis of the socialization process of drug use and abuse, and a historical discussion of drug abuse that puts the contemporary drug problem into perspective.

Suitable for upper-level undergraduates in Criminal Justice, Criminology, and related programs, Drugs in Society, Eighth Edition, uses logical organization and strong pedagogy (case studies, focused text boxes with related information, critical thinking tasks) to support learning objectives.

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I have been using this text for years…it is easy to read for the undergraduate students, getting points across without focusing too much on the biological and neuroscience jargon. It truly offers the students the criminal justice perspective. –Patrick McGrain, Gwynedd Mercy University

I want to give my students a clear and realistic picture of the drug/alcohol abuse in America, how serious the problem is and how we are all in some way, shape, or form affected by this… [Drugs in Society] has allowed me to reach those goals.—Lisa Lamb Weber, Texas State University

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

PART I – UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM

Chapter 1- The Nature of the Drug Problem

Chapter 2 - The History of Drug Abuse

Chapter 3-Drug Abuse and Pharmacology

Chapter 4 - The Illicit Drug Trade

Chapter 5 - Domestic Drug Production

Chapter 6- Drugs and Crime

PART II – GANGS AND DRUGS

Chapter 7- Organized Crime and The Drug Trade

Chapter 8- Domestic Drug-Trafficking Organizations

Chapter 9-Mexico and the Other Transnational Trafficking Organizations

PART III – FIGHTING BACK

Chapter 10-The Drug Control Initiative

Chapter 11-Critical Issues in Drug Control

Chapter 12-Legalizing Marijuana: America’s Latest Social Experiment

Chapter 13-Understanding Drug Control Policy

Chapter-14 Drug Control Through Treatment and Prevention

APPENDIX I – DRUG SCHEDULING

APPENDIX II – GANGS HIGHLIGHTED BY THE NATIONAL DRUG INTELLIGENCE CENTER

APPENDIX III – LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

INDEX

About the Author

Michael D. Lyman, is a Professor of Criminal Justice in the Criminal Justice and Human Services Department at Columbia College of Missouri. In addition to being a teaching faculty member, he serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program and Director of the Forensic Science Program. He is designated as an expert in police procedure in more than 30 states and frequently testifies as an expert witness in criminal cases.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW026000
LAW / Criminal Law / General
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology

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