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Focus on nicotine and caffeine
Perry, Robert L. (Robert Louis), 1950-
Publication Information:
Frederick, Md. : Twenty-first Century Books, [1990]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Describes the history, effects, social aspects, and physical dangers of using tobacco and caffeine products.
General Note:
Includes index.
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Describes the history, effects, social aspects, and physical dangers of using tobacco and caffeine products.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. In Focus on Drugs and the Brain, Friedman introduces this new series by defining psychoactive drugs--those that change the way people think, feel, or behave--and explaining why people use them. He then describes the function of the brain and nervous system and delineates how these drugs affect the body. The author also provides information on addiction and drug treatment. Each of the other titles focuses on particular drugs that are widely abused. The authors describe each substance, explain how and why they are used, and detail the various side effects. Each title also includes a history of the particular drug's use, some relevant facts and myths, and examples of ways to say no. Alcohol offers good coverage of the temperance movement and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), but it skirts discussing the issue of drinking in moderation as an accepted adult practice. Nicotine and Caffeine cautions strongly against using tobacco products but advises only "cutting down" on caffeine. Cocaine and Crack is very up-to-date, providing sections on drug trafficking and cocaine babies as well as focusing on the problem of celebrities who abuse drugs. Marijuana points out new findings on the dangers of this drug and includes a good section on using dogs to detect this substance. Each title is introduced by consulting editor Friedman, includes an index and glossary, and is illustrated with pastel-shaded black-line drawings. Although Drugs and the Brain is the best of the series, mainly because the facts are presented without undue proselytizing, the entire group is worthwhile. Useful for report writing as well as for browsing, these will be welcome additions to any elementary collection, where little is available for this age level. --Kay ~Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-- At last a truthful, factual, comprehensive series of books about drugs for elementary school children. Focus on Drugs and the Brain discusses how the brain works and how drugs affect it, carefully making the distinction between drugs used for medicine and for dope. The other titles tell a brief history of the drug, what it does to the brain and to the body, the effects on individuals and society, how addictions are treated, and how to resist peer pressure. The different authors speak in the same friendly yet serious tone. The facts are all here, simplified, but complete enough to relay the message--drugs are dangerous. The information is sufficient for reports, even on a middle-school level. Analogies are in the realm of children's experience without making the activity appear desirable. The authors do not try to fool readers; they are told that ``caffeine is not as harmful to the body as other drugs'' but ``No amount of cocaine is safe.'' Peer pressure is explained, and techniques are offered to help children say no. There is no discussion of the physical danger that some inner-city children must endure as they try to remain drug free. The books are attractively decorated with childlike line drawings colored in blue, yellow, and green. These books are far superior to Ball's Everything You Need to Know About Drug Abuse (Rosen, 1988) and Hemming's Why Do People Take Drugs? (Gloucester, 1988). Every library that serves children will want these fine books, and teachers should also be made aware of them. --Martha Gordon, South Salem Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.