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The 'drug problem' is getting steadily worse. Convictions for drug offenses, number of known addicts and Customs seizures have been rising inexorably for 40 years. So has the number of young people using illegal drugs.Similar changes are occurring in other countries and the vast international drug trade defies all attempts to suppress it. Yet, remarkably, there is almost no public discussion of current control policies.This book, written by a multi-disciplinary group of experts, aims to stimulate an informed debate about the possible alternatives to these unsuccessful policies. It describes the historical reason why alcohol and tobacco are legal while heroin and amphetamine are not. It discusses the reasons why people use drugs, the consequences of their doing so and the benefits and limitation of treatment. The authors investigate the lessons to be learnt from previous attempts to curb drug and alcohol use, how the 1.4 billion pounds that the UK Government currently devotes to drug control might be better spent in future, and what would be likely to happen if cannabis, or even heroin, were to be 'legalised'. There are no easy answers. Read this book and draw your own conclusions.Also AvailableClinical Topics in Addiction - ISBN 1904671500Young People and Substance Misuse - ISBN 1904671012 RCPsych Publications is the publishing arm of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (based in London, United Kingdom), which has been promoting excellence in mental health care since 1841. Produced by the same editorial team who publish The British Journal of Psychiatry, they sell books for both psychiatrists and other mental health professionals; and also many written for the general public. Their popular series include the College Seminars Series, the NICE mental health guidelines and the Books Beyond Words series for people with intellectual disabilities. RCPsych publishes in all areas of psychiatry and mental health, including but not limited to: Clinical psychiatric practice Intellectual disability Mental health services for children, adolescents, adults and the elderly Psychopharmacology Psychotherapy Rehabilitation psychiatry Family mental health Service provision RCPsych Publications books can help with the following disorders: Addictions Affective disorders Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Bereavement Borderline personality disorder Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) Dementia Depression Eating disorders Perinatal psychiatric disorder Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Psychosis Schizophrenia Sleep problems
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