Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy, Fifth Edition

Cynthia Kuhn (Author) Scott Swartzwelder (Author)
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Fully updated, this matter-of-fact handbook includes the most recent discoveries about drug use, including new information on electronic smoking devices, abuse of prescription stimulants, and the opioid crisis. "Lively, highly informative, unbiased, [and] thorough" (Addiction Research & Theory), Buzzed surveys drugs from caffeine to heroin to reveal how these drugs affect the body, the different "highs" they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly.

Neither a "Just Say No" treatise nor a "How to" manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make better decisions with accurate information at hand.

Product Details

$19.95  $18.35
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
July 09, 2019
6.2 X 1.2 X 9.3 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Cynthia Kuhn is professor of pharmacology at the Duke University School of Medicine.
Scott Swartzwelder, PhD is a professor of psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine.
Wilkie Wilson is professor of prevention science at Duke University.


This is a well-written and well-organized book that is highly recommended for health care professionals, health educators, and even parents.--Dr. Charles E Yesalis, professor of health policy and administration at Penn State University and coeditor of Performance Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise
Students need clear, detailed, comprehensive factual information in order to make smart decisions, and Buzzed provides it all in an easy-to-understand format. What a great resource!--Ellen Gold, former chair of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force at the American College Health Association
A well-written book that dispels some of the myths associated with drug abuse. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a readable, factual account of the physiological and behavioral effects of drugs of abuse.--Dr. Charles Schuster, director of clinical research on substance abuse at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse
A unique, up-to-date, and useful source for all those interested in the workings of and effects of legal and illegal drugs, regardless of whether you are a concerned mother or Irvine Welsh!
Everyone who is interested in drugs will enjoy reading this.... The authors approach the subject with neither bias nor exaggeration.... A wonderfully interesting and accurate handbook of drug information.--Carlton K. Erickson, director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of The Science of Addiction
Lively, highly informative, unbiased, thorough, and nothing but straight talking on an issue which is often condemned without being fully understood or sufficiently explained to our youth. Its breadth of scope yet clarity of detail place this book in contention for the coveted title of the 'only drug book you'll ever need.' I have not read a fuller, more illuminating text on the influence of drugs on physical and psychological functioning.--Christopher Russell, research fellow at the University of Glasgow's Centre for Drug Misuse Research
Buzzed is one of the most important books I've ever read.... So comprehensive and so readable that I recommend everybody who's interested in this area--kids who are taking drugs, parents, professionals... and, most of all, politicians and legislators--to read it.--Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting