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Heroin: The Street Narcotic (Encyclopedia Of Psychoactive Drugs)

-- An invaluable resource for schools and libraries-- The most comprehensive reference source on drugs ever published-- Written primarily by doctors and scientists-- Explores the impact of drug use -- and abuse -- on our culture, the workplace, the family, and the individual-- Each volume contains a directory of drug treatment agencies

Age Range: 12 and up

Series: Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Drugs

Library Binding: 139 pages

Publisher: Chelsea House Publications; Updated edition (April 1987)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0877547696

ISBN-13: 978-0877547693

Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches

Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

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This series is of much value in tracing the history of illicit drug use, since before Christ until today. The history of the use of morphine and opium is given attention in the opening chapters of this book. Heroin was marketed as a cough medicine at one time, and in the 1800s became popular, along with other narcotics, opium derivatives, and cocaine.The Civil War used copious amounts of narcotics as painkillers to wounded soldiers. Heroin ended up as an illicit street drug. Methadone is also explained in this work. Anyone researching drugs and the history of drugs, its modern use and affect on society, as well as individuals, will benefit from this work. The illustrations/photos, are excellent. The photos make the book worth reading all on their own.

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