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Durrant, Russil and Thakker, Jo (2003) Substance use and abuse: cultural and historical perspectives. London: Sage .


Substance Use and Abuse: Cultural and Historical Perspectives provides an inclusive explanation of the human desire to take drugs. Using a multidisciplinary framework, authors Russil Durrant and Jo Thakker explore the cultural and historical variables that contribute to drug use. Integrating biological, psychosocial, and cultural-historical perspectives, this innovative and accessible volume addresses the fundamental question of why drug use is such a ubiquitous feature of human society.

Addressing issues important to prevention, treatment, and public policy, the authors include
o A comprehensive, historical survey of drug use
o An exploration of the evolutionary basis of drug-taking behavior
o Historically and culturally based explanations of drug use and abuse
o Inclusive approaches that complement mainstream biopsychosocial perspectives

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