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Modern humans must learn how to relate to psychoactives
responsibly, treating them with respect and awareness,
working to minimize harms and maximize benefits, and
integrating use into a healthy, enjoyable, and productive life.
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The Encyclopedia of Addictive Drugs
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Author(s) :
Richard Lawrence Miller
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Edition(s) at Erowid :
2002(hb,1st ed,vg/nai,ex lib)
Publisher :
Greenwood Press
This comprehensive reference guide describes more than 130 alphabetically arranged drugs of abuse, including both pharmaceutical and natural products. The book begins with a discussion of federal drug scheduling and drug categories. Individual entries for particular substances of abuse follow. Drug descriptions include:

  • Correct pronunciation
  • Nicknames or street names
  • Legal status
  • Historical and present uses and misuses
  • Abuse factors
  • Interactions with other drugs
  • Findings of cancer risks and birth defects
Scientific information is presented in a clear, simple manner designed for students and general readers alike. In addition to the A-Z descriptions, Miller provides an explanation of general drug types, such as stimulants and hallucinogens, as well as the aspects of drug abuse, including tolerance and withdrawal. A list of print and electronic sources is also included for readers seeking further information.