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Edwards, Griffith (2005) Matters of substance : drugs : is legalization the right answer - or the wrong question? London: Penguin Books .

Drugs can be injected, snorted, smoked or swallowed. They can heighten excitement or numb emotion. They are sold by multi-national corporations and on street corners. They can cure and kill. Matters of Substance is a fascinating global tour of drugs and our ambivalent relationship with them. From alcohol to amphetamines, cannabis to crack cocaine, heroin to valium, Griffith Edwards reveals the history, culture and language behind each drug - their physical and psychological effects, medical use, trade routes, the involvement of big business and the chequered path of control and legislations. He considers the key issues: which drugs are most dangerous? Why do some people become addicted? What causes a drug epidemic? As Ewards argues, only when we truly understand drugs can we hope to deal with them, and this enlightened book will inform all future debates on the subject.


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