Tom Scott & Trevor Grice
Valuable information for adults and adolescents about the high number of emerging drugs and the history and sources of these drugs are neither oversimplified nor exaggerated. This straightforward book shares important information into how the brain works and why drug use is so devastating and harmful to adolescents, including clear and concise explanations of even the most difficult scientific concepts behind drugs—how they affect the brain as well as the acute and chronic side effects they have on the body. The result is a book filled with sobering facts, figures, and tangible scientific data on a subject where a lack of proper knowledge has powerful ramifications. This new edition is updated with information on designer drugs "P" and "E," GBH, and herbal highs.
This text looks at drug abuse, with such topics as: why people use drugs; pro-cannabis versus anti-tobacco campaigns; how drugs impact the brain; the role of genes and personality; why governments are scared of prevention; and legalisation - disaster or the only way forward?
Kevin A Sabet
In this book, Kevin A. Sabet argues that the United States should not legalize pot with all of its attendant social costs, nor damage the future prospects of pot smokers by prosecuting and jailing them.
Compassionate and knowledgeable, Kevin Sabet is the most important new voice in the American drug policy debate. Policymakers, parents, and concerned citizens should heed his meticulously factual case against marijuana legalization.
--David Frum, Cont. editor, CNN, DailyBeast/Newsweek
The historical record and the worldwide fluctuation in marijuana use rates by minors clearly establishes that kids do not just fall into drug use as an inevitable rite of passage. Kids are sold on drug use in specific cultures at various times. The Pied Pipers of Pot reveals how marijuana products have been pushed on the youth sector in recent years through a process of normalization and acceptance. The author argues that kids are no match for the aggressive and emerging marijuana industry and that the key to effective drug prevention is to curtail those that stand to prosper, economically or politically by advancing the pro-pot position.
Kevin Sabet (Editor) Ken C Winters (Editor
"There is an increasing disconnect between public attitudes and published science on marijuana. Given the current level of discourse and the importance of this issue to the health and wellbeing of many Americans, it is critical that we have objective, fact based information with which to guide our laws and policies. This edited volume takes us a long way towards that goal, and should be required reading for anyone seeking facts on marijuana."
-- Micha el Botticelli, Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine
"The legalization of marijuana brings strong opinions, on both sides. This book focuses on
the science of marijuana. With chapters by leading experts across a range of fields from epidemiology to treatment and criminal justice, it sheds light on a contemporary debate."
-- Nancy Petry, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
"Drs. Sabet and Winters have convened a stellar group of contributors for Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana. These scholars have cast a broad net to offer readers a timely and sensible analysis of marijuana use and its consequences. Individual chapters focus on a panoply of issues central to advancing our understanding of marijuana use. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, from the epidemiology of marijuana use patterns, medicinal marijuana use, and the health consequences of marijuana use, to treatments for marijuana use, a thoughtful consideration of driving under the influence, and the public policy implications of marijuana use.
Each chapter in this volume is sharp, focused and clearly written. Perhaps most importantly, this volume represents thoughtful contributors who offer a fair and balanced assessment of the state of marijuana use-without prejudice. This is a must read for any clinician, scientist, public health worker, or public policy maker."
-- Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, C.A.S., Morris E. Chafetz Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Behavioral Sciences, Harvard Medical School & Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance
About the Author
Kevin Sabet, from 2009 to 2011, served as the Obama Administration's Senior Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). He also served two other White House ONDCP terms, making him the only appointee in both Democrat and Republican administrations. Now the Head of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), Affiliated Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University, and Director of the Drug Policy Institute, Dr. Sabet is widely published and often appears in the media. His areas of specialization include evidence-based drug prevention, treatment, and law enforcement (both domestic and international), as well as the impacts of drug legalization.
Ken Winters founded and directed for 25 years the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, University of Minnesota Medical School. The Center is nationally recognized for developing assessment tools and brief interventions to address adolescent drug abuse. He currently is a Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute. Dr. Winters received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations over a 30-year period, and is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer and he is a consultant to many organizations.