Summary: This work focuses on the many critical areas of America's drug problem, providing a foundation for rational decisionmaking within this complex and multi-disciplinary field. Broken into 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 into drug use and abuse, and a historical discussion of drug abuse that puts the contemporary drug problem into perspective.
Summary: This work focuses on the many critical areas of America's drug problem, providing a foundation for rational decisionmaking within this complex and multi-disciplinary field. Broken into 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 into drug use and abuse, and a historical discussion of drug abuse that puts the contemporary drug problem into perspective. ...show less
Lyman, Michael D. : Columbia College-Columbia, Missouri
Michael D. Lyman, Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. He earned his bachelor and master's degrees at Wichita State University, and his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Lyman worked as a drug enforcement agent for 11 years, and has many years of college teaching experience. He has published six textbooks in the criminal justice field, including Practical Drug Enforcement: Procedures and Administration and Narcotics and Crime Control.
Potter, Gary W. : Eastern Kentucky University
Gary W. Potter, Professor in the Department of Police Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Potter emphasized criminal justice in his doctoral work in Community Systems Planning and Development at the Pennsylvania State University. In addition to writing several book reviews and many articles in refereed journals on the subjects of drug law, organized crime and pornography, Potter is the author of The Porn Merchants and co-author of The City and the Syndicate: Organizing Crime in Philadelphia. Additionally, Potter is a referee for the American Journal of Criminal Justice and the American Journal of Police.
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Part I: Understanding the Problem
Chapter 1. The Nature of the Drug Problem
Chapter 2. The History of Drug Abuse
Chapter 3. Understanding Drugs of Abuse
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
Chapter 9. Foreign Drug Trafficking Organizations
Part III: Fighting Back
Chapter 10. The Drug Control Initiative
Chapter 11. Critical Issues in Drug Control
Chapter 12. The Issue of Legalizing Drugs
Chapter 13. Understanding Drug Control Policy
Chapter 14. Control through Treatment and Prevention
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