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.
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
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
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