Written by a leading authority in the field of substance abuse, this volume represents a collection of short, lucid essays on various drug abuse topics that originally appeared in Vista Hill Foundation's Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Newsletter between 1972 and 1979.
The book contains 69 essays divided among five sections. The first and longest section has 30 chapters, which masterfully summarize the basic pharmacology, toxicology, and clinical effects of a wide variety of licit and illicit drugs of abuse (including alcohol and tobacco). The second section discusses the epidemiology of drug abuse, with most of its eight essays concerned with narcotic and alcohol dependence. The third section leads off with a chapter essentially listing the physical signs and symptoms associated with various types of substance abuse, followed by six essays related to specific problems in the diagnosis of drug abuse. The fourth section deals with treatment but is somewhat limited