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Drugs, Behaviour & Modern Society, First Canadian Edition, 1st edition

  • Charles F. Levinthal
  • Trevor Hamilton

Published by Pearson Canada (March 2nd 2015) - Copyright © 2016

1st edition

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As a society and as individuals, we can be the beneficiaries of drugs–or their victims. This perspective is the message of Drugs, Behaviour, and Modern Society, Canadian Edition. This book introduces the basic facts and major issues concerning drug-taking behaviour in a straightforward, comprehensive, and reader-friendly manner.

The three fundamental themes this text is framed around are; The role of drug-taking behaviour throughout history, The diversity in psychoactive drugs in our society, and The personal impact of drug-related issues in our lives.

Table of contents



PART ONE: Drugs in Society/Drugs in Our Lives

Chapter 1: Drugs and Behaviour Today

Chapter 2: Drug-Taking Behaviour: Personal and Social Issues

Chapter 3: How Drugs Work in the Body and on the Mind



PART TWO: Legally Restricted Drugs in Our Society

Chapter 4: The Major Stimulants: Cocaine and Amphetamines

Chapter 5: Opioids: Opium, Heroin, and Opioid Pain Medications

Chapter 6: LSD and Other Hallucinogens

Chapter 7: Marijuana


PART THREE: Legal Drugs in Our Society

Chapter 8: Alcohol: Social Beverage/Social Drug

Chapter 9: Chronic Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Chapter 10: Nicotine and Tobacco Use

Chapter 11: Caffeine


PART FOUR: Enhancers and Depressants

Chapter 12: Performance-Enhancing Drugs and Drug Testing in Sports

Chapter 13: Depressants and Inhalants


PART FIVE: Medicinal Drugs

Chapter 14 Prescription Drugs, Over-the-Counter Drugs, and Natural Health Products

Chapter 15: Drugs for Treating Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders


PART SIX: Prevention and Treatment

Chapter 16: Substance Abuse Prevention

Chapter 17: Substance Abuse Treatment: Strategies for Change



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