Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Third Edition)

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9780393329858: Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Third Edition)

The third edition of the essential, accessible source for understanding how drugs work and their effects on body and behavior.

Fully revised and updated, this no-nonsense handbook includes the most recent discoveries about drugs, including new information on the energy-drinks craze, prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Ambien, the date-rape drug GHB, and the unique effects of some drugs on the adolescent brain. Scientifically accurate and easy to read, ?Buzzed? gives the most balanced, objective information available on the most often used and abused drugs, from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine to heroin, Ecstasy, and methamphetamine, and it provides a clear understanding of how drugs work and the consequences of their use. Neither a "Just Say No" treatise nor a "How to" manual, ?Buzzed? is based on the conviction that people make better decisions and accurate information at hand.

8 pages of color illustrations

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Based on the most current psychological and pharmacological research (little of which has been easily accessible to the general public) Buzzed provides a reliable, unbiased look at the use and abuse of legal and illegal drugs. Neither a "Just Say No" treatise nor a "How To" manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make healthier decisions when they "Just Say Know": when they understand in straightforward language how our complex brains really work, and why even small doses of various substances can have such powerful (and sometimes life-threatening) effects. Buzzed cuts through a vast amount of misinformation and propaganda to tell the truth about drugs -- from alcohol, caffeine, and anti-anxiety pills to heroin, ecstasy, and special-K.

About the Author:

Cynthia Kuhn is professor of pharmacology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

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