Drugs in the Body: Effects of Abuse

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Discusses the harmful effects of such drugs as cocaine, marijuana, psychedelic hallucinogens, and amphetamines

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Yoslow's first book delivers more than one volume's worth of dense yet readable information. He methodically delineates effects on body parts, over brief and prolonged periods, for cocaine, opiates, heroin, cannabis, hallucinogens, amphetamines, etc., and for similar synthetics that have medicinal uses. Most of the chapters on drugs begin with countries of origin and history of use and end with causes of death. Some of the material is riveting: cannabis probably appeared in the Old Testament (in Samuel, under the name honeywood); Hitler may have been addicted to amphetamines; and indeed these drugs were casually dispensed to troops on both sides during WW II; and, for those of us who don't know these things, the preferred method of PCP manufacture is in the household toilet. Yoslow's easy, repetitive organization makes for accessible reference; and his ``just the facts, Ma'am'' approach--without the usual preaching--should garner reader respect. Glossary; source notes; bibliography; index and b&w photos not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Grade 7-12-- The distinguishing factor of this well-researched book is the second by second, week by week description of the effects of the individual drugs on the body. Yoslow gives a brief overview of how the major body systems work and the history and origins of cocaine and crack; opium, morphine and heroin; cannabis; and psychedelic hallucinogens. He not only explains how the drugs make users feel, but also what they do to the body. The author describes vividly the causes of death with all the gruesome details. The Addictions Handbook (Enslow, 1991) by the Silversteins gives essentially the same information but Yoslow's minute detail leaves readers with a real picture of the unpleasant physical side of addiction. There are many labeled diagrams of various body organs, some black-and-white photographs of the drugs, and an extensive glossary. --Martha Gordon, South Salem Library, NY
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