For undergraduate courses in Chemistry, Biology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Health and Drug Education.
In this reliable reference, Liska addresses the effects of high-use, high-abuse drugs in America in a timely and straightforward fashion. Up-to-date research is reflected throughout, including coverage of street, over-the-counter, and prescriptive drugs. The Eighth Edition explores changing trends in personalized drug therapy and highlights the World Wide Web as a primary source of drug information. The presentation is accessible to the non-science major, yet comprehensive enough for the practicing professional.
NOTE: Each chapter ends with Web Sites and Study Questions.
1. The Magic Bullets.
2. Where Drugs Come From.
3. Federal Laws: The FDA and Drug Testing-Penalties for Illicit Use.
4. What Happens to Drugs After We Take Them.
5. Drugs at the Synapse.
6. Narcotic Analgesics: Opiates and Opioids.
7. Cocaine, Amphetamines, Caffeine, Nicotine, and Other Stimulants.
8. The Barbiturates: Battered But Still Here.
9. Alcohol and 100 Million Americans.
10. The Major and Minor Tranquilizers.
12. Hallucinogens, Street Drugs, Designer Drugs, Club Drugs, Predatory Drugs, and Some Observations.
13. The Pill: An Update.
14. Non-Steroidal, Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, Ketoprofen, Fenoprofen, and Celebrex and Vioxx.
15. Additional OTC Drugs and Chemicals.
16. Personal Drug Testing.
17. Drugs in Sports.
Appendix I: Structure-Activity Relationships (SARs).
Appendix II: Answers and Discussion: Understanding Alcoholism.
Appendix III: DAWN Data Summary.
Appendix IV: The Scientific Method.
Appendix V: Glossary.
Ken Liska earned a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Illinois and is a licensed pharmacist in that state. He taught college and university-level chemistry courses for 37 years. For 18 years his course, Drugs and the Human Body, drew hundreds of students at San Diego Mesa College. His scientific publications are in the areas of synthetic anti-cancer compounds and LSD analogs. Liska is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Drug Education and Awareness. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Paula Meta Hoenecke Liska.