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Illegal Drugs: A Complete Guide to their History, Chemistry, Use, and Abuse

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Illegal Drugs is the first comprehensive reference to offer timely, pertinent information on every drug currently prohibited by law in the United Sta
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Paperback, Updated and Revised Edition, 480 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by Plume
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Monte
Feb 26, 2015 Monte rated it really liked it
The book "Illegal Drugs" by Paul Gahlinger MD PHD, is a surprisingly, very interesting book. While this book may be about illegal drugs and their long history of abuse, it manages to still be more of an encyclopedia than a 'making drugs 101' guide. The book explains the positive side of certain drugs, the dangers of doing illegal drugs, and general things about drugs you probably didn't know. Here is a more in depth analysis.

While the title of the book is "Illegal Drugs", it does talk a lot abou
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Zack Hammer
Dec 01, 2013 Zack Hammer rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, the author wrote this book in order to educate people on illegal drugs. He wrote this in a very impartial matter, and it was obvious that he was neither for nor against the use/abuse of these drugs. He served as a simple educator, teaching readers about everything that has to do with the drugs, from their history to their chemistry and use. By writing this way, he was able to accomplish writing a very educational book about drugs without trying to persuade readers one way or ...more
David Alvarez
Nov 25, 2013 David Alvarez rated it it was amazing
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The author wrote this book because he wanted to share his information about illigel drugs with others and wanted to get the information out there. I think he accomplished his goal because the book was great with lots of helpful information. I expected this book to be another boring textbook but found it to be very interesting and learned a lot about the different types and the effects of illegal drugs. The thing I got th most from this book was the abil
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Derekbarrientos
Dec 01, 2013 Derekbarrientos rated it it was amazing
Reading Illegal drugs educated me much in my knowledge of drugs and what they do. The author wrote this book to educate people about illegal drugs, and to me, he did a great job in doing so. At first the book talked about drugs in general which caused it to be a little hard to understand. But as the book continues, it talks about drugs one on one. Explaining each and every one in their own individual chapter. To me learning about the different types of drugs was my favorite. In some parts of the ...more
Chris Horsley
Nov 26, 2013 Chris Horsley rated it it was amazing
I feel that the author did a very good job of accomplishing his goal to educate the readers about drugs. When I first read this book, I expected to be reading another boring book on drugs, but it was actually pretty cool. The best thing I learned from this book was how dangerous some drugs are. The only way that this book could be improved upon is by in cooperating personal stories and experiences. I recommend this book to others because it does a great job on educating people about drugs. I ...more
Marcus Morales
Jun 01, 2012 Marcus Morales rated it it was amazing
When it says complete they mean it. The book is very informative with an unbiased outlook on illicit substances. Scientific data is on the spot and the history is well researched, so far this is my drug bible.
Morpheus
Apr 03, 2015 Morpheus rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. There are a few small mistakes, but I am only aware because this is a subject I was/am already extremely informed on. If I didn't have knowledge of the subject to the degree I do, I wouldn't have noticed. Majority of this book is correct, and it's really a great book.
Sarah
Jan 13, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
excellent overlook on the major illegal drugs found in America, along with several others I hadn't even heard of. Full of factual information rather than wild assumptions, compounded with amusing and pertinent quotes from well known people regarding the subject matter.
Mallori
Jan 04, 2015 Mallori rated it really liked it
I liked this book. info was presented in clear manner and had info on why these drugs have been popular.
Chris
Jan 12, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
One of the easiest and accessible books on drugs, and comprehensive enough for people seeking a surface knowledge of drugs.
Kacy
Sep 03, 2012 Kacy rated it it was amazing
As a pharmacy student, I found this book incredibly interesting. There is a lot of information packed into such a small volume. Must read for anyone with an interest in drugs and/or mind expansion.
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