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Epidemiology of Drug Abuse By Zili Sloboda

Epidemiology of Drug Abuse by Zili Sloboda

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Epidemiology of Drug Abuse Summary

Epidemiology of Drug Abuse by Zili Sloboda

As the drug abuse epidemic evolves, so do the tools needed to understand and treat it. Accordingly, Epidemiology of Drug Abuse takes the long view, cogently outlining what the book calls "the natural history of drug abuse" and redefining its complex phenomena to reflect our present-day knowledge. Twenty-six eminent contributors discuss the state and future of the field, balancing the practical concerns involved in gathering drug abuse data with the ethics of using the information.

- Current thinking on pathways and etiology, as well as medical, psychological, and social sequelae of drug abuse
- Proven, up-to-date methodologies for assessment
- Challenges of gathering data from high-risk and other user populations
- Sampling and application issues
- Uses, sources, and limitations of treatment data
- Analytical papers applying the methodologies to specific and global studies
- The role of epidemiology studies in developing prevention strategies

With this multifaceted approach to the subject, Epidemiology of Drug Abuse provides researchers and educators with a reference that sheds significant light on infrequently covered areas. In addition, its breadth and accessibility of coverage make it a teaching text suitable to courses in epidemiology, public health, and drug abuse.

Epidemiology of Drug Abuse Reviews

"Many who promote a demand-reduction philosophy for solving the nation's substance abuse policy cite a disparity between the funding levels for interdiction versus those for demand-reduction activities. In part, the disparity can be attributed to an ability of the interdiction side to quantify its needs and its successes. Epidemiology may be the best tool at our disposal for decreasing this level-of-resource disparity by leading the field toward more quantification- and evidence-based interventions. Sloboda's work may help to accomplish this very worthy goal."

James M. Topolski, Ph.D., from PsycCritiques, April 12, 2006, Vol. 51 (15), Article 9

Table of Contents

Defining and Measuring Drug Abuse Behaviors.- Drug Abuse Heterogeneity and the Search for Subtypes.- Studying the Natural History of Drug Abuse.- Health, Social and Psychological Consequences of Drug Use and Abuse.- Use of Archival Data.- Sampling Issues in Drug Epidemiology.- Collecting Drug Use Data from Different Populations.- Indirect Methods to Estimate Prevalence.- Qualitative Methods in the Drug Abuse Fields.- Ethical Considerations for Drug Abuse Epidemiologic Research.- A Common Language for a Common Problem: The Developing Role of Drug Epidemiology in a Global Context.- Longitudinal Studies of Drug Use and Abuse.- Drug Abuse and the Spread of Infection.- Implications of Epidemiologic Information for Effective Drug Abuse Prevention Strategies.- The Role of Treatment Data in Studying the Epidemiology of Substance Use and Abuse.

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Epidemiology of Drug Abuse by Zili Sloboda
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
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