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Drug abuse handbook
Karch, Steven B.
Publication Information:
Boca Raton, Fla. : CRC Press, [1998]

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1138 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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This is the handbook that professionals who deal with problems related to drugs and drug abuse have been waiting for. The impressive list of more than 80 contributors, each experts and leaders in their field, testifies to the importance of this outstanding new handbook. The volume contains detailed discussions of drug-related issues in criminalistics, pathology, and toxicology. Impairment testing and the pharmacokinetics of abused drugs are examined in detail, as is the field of workplace drug testing, the use of alternate testing matrices, drugs in sports, addiction medicine, and drug-related medical emergencies.

The handbook focuses on the most urgent drug abuse-related problems of today

An entire section is devoted to alcohol abuse, including a scientific appraisal of the most common drunk driving defenses, complete with sample calculations.
Problems of postmortem toxicology are thoroughly detailed and an appendix lists key references for the most widely used analytic methods.
An in-depth analysis of legal questions, including fetal rights and workplace testing
Examination of the principles of addiction medicine and how doctors handle substance abuse problems
A section addressing drug use by athletes, including a summary of current Olympic Committee Regulations regarding substance use and the latest information on detecting abuse of Human Growth Hormone and Erythropoietin

Whether you are approaching the issue of drug abuse from a medical, psychological, toxicological, or legal perspective, the Drug Abuse Handbook is the most authoritative and complete resource available.

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In this legal and medical handbook for forensic pathologists, coroners, medical examiners, toxicologists, and emergency room physicians, 80 contributors represent the US, the UK, Sweden, Canada, Germany, and Spain. Some international drug law comparisons are made between the US and the UK, Continental Europe, and Scandinavia. Chapter contents are arranged in outline format by detailed numerical notation; acronyms and abbreviations are almost always explained within the text, found in the glossary, or spelled out in the list of common abbreviations in the appendixes. Topics covered include controlled substances, diseases and complications, pharmacokinetics, effects of abused drugs, neurochemistry, alcohol, addiction, sports, workplace testing, and postmortem toxicology. Structural formulas, black-and-white photographs, charts, graphs, specific collection and screening techniques, analysis of body fluids, etc., are provided. A strong background is expected in human anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology, among other subjects. There are sections somewhat less technical that could be understood by undergraduates; e.g., portions on anabolic steroids, growth hormone, erythropoietin, and IOC doping regulations, as well as very interesting brief discussions on body stuffers or packers (those who smuggle illegal drugs). Extensive references, sample calculations, and subject index. Very highly recommended for medical, pharmacology, selected law, and graduate health research libraries. E. R. Paterson; SUNY College at Cortland

Table of Contents

Criminalistics - Introduction to Controlled Substances
Pathology of Drug Abuse
Pharmacokinetics: Drug Absorption, Distribution, and Elimination
Neurochemistry of Drug Abuse
Addiction Medicine
Medical Complications of Drug Abuse
Workplace Testing
Alternative Testing Matrices
Postmortem Toxicology
Drug Law