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Drugs in perspective 

Drugs in perspective
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Drugs in perspective
Author(s):

Martin Plant

, Roy Robertson

, Moira Plant

, and Patrick Miller

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199544790.003.002
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date: 14 October 2019

In a book about the nature and impact of drug taking it is important to spend some time discussing the range and nature of the drugs involved. This chapter provides what is hoped to be an accessible description of drug dependence or ‘addiction’ and the chemical and pharmacological effects of the main illicit substances that are used recreationally the UK. These substances include amphetamines, cannabis (including ‘skunk’), cocaine, crack, ecstasy (MDMA), LSD, heroin, opium, and morphine.

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