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Pharmacological and psychological aspects of drugs abuse

David J. Nutt and Fergus D. Law

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0055
Pharmacological and psychological aspects of drugs abuse

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Drug abuse, misuse, and addiction are major issues in society because of their enormous personal, social, and economic costs and their important psychiatric components. Many drug treatment programmes are run by psychiatrists, and the evidence strongly supports the notion that a significant proportion of severe drug abusers are psychiatrically ill. Moreover, drug misuse appears to be becoming more frequent in patients with other psychiatric disorders, where it can lead to problems in treatment and poorer outcomes. It is therefore essential for all psychiatrists and related health professionals to have a good understanding of the basis of drug misuse.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Addiction Medicine

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