Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter
The most popular drug in America is a white powder. No, not that powder. This is caffeine in its most essential state. And "Caffeinated "reveals the little-known truth about this addictive, largely unregulated drug found in coffee, energy drinks, teas, colas, chocolate, and even pain relievers.
Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol by Ann Dowsett Johnston
An exploration of the rise in alcohol consumption and abuse among women in recent years. Drink covers health risks, marketing, current trends and sociological underpinnings of this new epidemic. The author beautifully weaves reportage with her personal recovery story into a compelling and informative narrative addressing one of the most pressing issues for women today.
The Addicted Brain: Why We Abuse Drugs, Alcohol, and Nicotine by Michael Kuhar; Sylvia Wrobel
Addiction destroys lives. In The Addicted Brain, a leading neuroscientist explains how and why this happens--and presents advances in treatment and prevention. Using breathtaking brain imagery and other research, Michael Kuhar, Ph. D., shows the powerful, long-term brain changes that drugs can cause, revealing why it can be so difficult for addicts to escape their grip.
Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The Science Behind Drugs in Sport by Chris Cooper
Drugs in sport are big news and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport is common. Here, Chris Cooper, a top biochemist at the University of Essex, looks at the science behind drugs in sport.
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
Journalist Sam Quinones chronicles how, over the past 15 years, enterprising sugar cane farmers in a small county on the west coast of Mexico created a unique distribution system that brought black tar heroin -- the cheapest, most addictive form of the opiate, 2 to 3 times purer than its white powder cousin -- to the veins of people across the United States.
Brain-Robbers: How Alcohol, Nicotine, Cocaine, and Opiates Have Changed Human History by Frances R. Frankenburg
A psychiatrist examines how the world's four most important mind-altering substances such as alcohol, cocaine, nicotine, and opiates, have played a significant role throughout human history, and explains how these powerful drugs affect the brain and cause addiction. -- Provided by publisher.
Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana: Medical, Recreational, and Scientific by Martin A. Lee
Investigative journalist Martin A. Lee traces the social history of marijuana from its origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in an ongoing culture war. Lee describes how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition and morphed into a multibillion-dollar industry.
Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America by Jeremy A. Greene (Editor); Elizabeth Siegel Watkins (Editor)
America has had a long love affair with the prescription. It is much more than the written "script" or a manufactured medicine, professionally dispensed and taken, and worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year. As an object, it is uniquely illustrative of the complex relations among the producers, providers, and consumers of medicine in modern America.
The Methamphetamine Industry in America: Transnational Cartels and Local Entrepreneurs by Henry H. Brownstein; Timothy M. Mulcahy; Johannes Huessy
Galax, a small Virginia town at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, was one of the first places that Henry H. Brownstein, Timothy M. Mulcahy, and Johannes Huessy visited for their study of the social dynamics of methamphetamine markets--and what they found changed everything.