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Drugs and the Human Body : With Implications for Society

Drugs and the Human Body : With Implications for Society - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-0135757628

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ISBN13: 978-0135757628
ISBN10: 0135757622
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Edition/Copyright: 5TH 97
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Published: 1997
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Drugs and the Human Body : With Implications for Society - 5TH 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0135757628

Ken Liska

ISBN13: 978-0135757628
ISBN10: 0135757622
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 97
Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

This book provides up-to-date information on high-use, high-abuse drugs in today's society. It is specifically designed to be easily accessible to non-science majors, yet comprehensive enough for use by practicing professionals. The Fifth Edition has been both updated and expanded to reflect the most recent research and the most relevant topics.

Develops a sound understanding of placeboes, addiction potentials, and generic drugs then applies this knowledge to real life situations.

Reveals the powerful actions of estrogens on the human body and the role of HCG in pregnancy tests.

Considers drugs that may be harmful to both mother and child during pregnancy.

Presents the effects and considerations of both licit and illicit drug use.

Provides guidelines on how to handle stress and how the widely used antistress drug Prozac works as well as how to evaluate advertising claims for OTC sleep aids.

Explains the high addiction potential of many drugs, including those available by prescription and often used in hospitals.

Presents case histories that show students the cost to society of drug-damaged babies, the true addicting properties of nicotine and of the side effects of anabolic steroids used in sports.

Explains in detail how the body develops tolerance to drugs and how vicious cycles of drug use and dependence develop.

Examines alcohol from the standpoint of extent of use, impact on society, naming, pharmacology, chemical dependency, metabolism, blood-alcohol concentrations, excretion, the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, drug interactions, and blood and urine testing.

Illustrates drug dependency developed from prolonged use.

Outlines the risks of inhaling Cannabis sativa smoke and considers both sides of the question of legalization.

Provides comprehensive coverage of hallucinogens and street drugs.

Explains how oral contraceptives work, the risks and benefits in their use, and who are the best candidates for this approach to fertility control.

Explores the world of non-narcotic pain relievers and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, including aspirin, acetaminophen, naproxen sodium, etc., focusing on dosage and adverse effects.

Considers personal drug testing, providing two valuable tables--testing cutoff levels for 8 major drugs of abuse and detection periods and metabolites for the same drugs.

Examines the chemical structure and pharmacological activity of 10 classes of drugs, plus interrelationships of chemical structures in an appendix.

Offers a pedagogical framework composed of...

In-chapter questions.
True case histories.
42-question self-test on alcoholism.
Over 340 end-of-chapter study questions.
Numerous graphs and photographs.

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. The Magic Bullets.

2. Where Drugs Come From.

3. Federal Laws: The FDA and Testing; Penalties for Illicit Use.

4. What Happens to Drugs After We Take Them.

5. Drugs at the Synapse.

6. The Pain Killers.

7. Cocaine, Amphetamines, Caffeine, Nicotine and Other Stimulants.

8. The Barbiturates: Taking the Good with the Bad.

9. Alcohol and 100 Million Americans.

10. The Major and Minor Tranquilizers.

11. Marijuana.

12. Hallucinogens, Street Drugs, and Some Observations.

13. The Pill: An Update.

14. Nonnarcotic Pain Relievers: Aspirin, Acetaminophen,Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, Ketoprofen, and Fenoprofen.

15. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs and Chemicals.

16. Personal Drug Testing.

Appendix I: Structure--Activity Relationships (SARs).
Appendix II: Answers and Discussion: Understanding Alcoholism.
Appendix III: DAWN Data Summary.
Appendix IV: Glossary.

Index.

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