Drugs in perspective

Martin Plant, Roy Robertson, Moira Plant and Patrick Miller

in Drug Nation

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199544790
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754609 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Drugs in perspective

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In a book about the nature and impact of drug taking it is important to spend some time discussing the range and nature of the drugs involved. This chapter provides what is hoped to be an accessible description of drug dependence or ‘addiction’ and the chemical and pharmacological effects of the main illicit substances that are used recreationally the UK. These substances include amphetamines, cannabis (including ‘skunk’), cocaine, crack, ecstasy (MDMA), LSD, heroin, opium, and morphine.

Chapter.  8618 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry ; Pharmacology ; Addiction Medicine

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