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Drug Use and Abuse, 7th Edition

  • Stephen A. Maisto
  • Mark Galizio
  • Gerard J. Connors
  • ISBN-10: 1285455517
  • ISBN-13: 9781285455518
  • 512 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2004
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

DRUG USE AND ABUSE takes an interdisciplinary approach in its coverage of current drug issues. It weaves psychological, historical, cultural, social, biological, and medical perspectives -- emphasizing the idea that a drug's effects depend not only on its properties, but also on the biological and psychological characteristics of its user. This theme is highlighted throughout, and is prominent in discussions of the individual classes of drugs, as well as in the chapters on pharmacology and psychopharmacology.


  • The authors examine the macrocosmic drug-related issues of historical and social relevance, as well as the microcosmic effects of substance use on a single neuron in the human body.

  • The authors explore the latest data on drug use patterns and social trends, such as the recent increase in heroin addiction.

  • Diagnostic Pretests at the beginning of each chapter challenge students to test their knowledge of drugs while drawing their attention to important concepts of facts that follow in the chapter. Pretest answers and explanations at the end of each chapter provide an important review of the main concepts.

  • A marginal glossary helps students identify and define key terms within the text. Marginal quotes help bring abstract concepts to life through personal accounts and comments about drug use and its ramifications.

  • "Drugs and Culture boxes" examine the use of drugs in various societies and the consequences thereof.

  • "Contemporary Issue" boxes discuss current controversies involving drugs or drug use, as well as events related to such controversies.

About the Author

Stephen A. Maisto

Stephen A. Maisto received a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee and completed a post-doctoral respecialization in clinical psychology from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He is a professor of psychology at Syracuse University. He has been engaged in research, teaching, clinical practice, and clinical training in the assessment and treatment of the substance-use disorders for over 30 years. Dr. Maisto has published over 150 articles, 25 book chapters, and several books on substance use and the substance-use disorders. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Research Society on Alcoholism, and the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies.

Mark Galizio

Mark Galizio received his PhD in experimental psychology in 1976, from the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, where he served as the research assistant at the Midwest Institute on Drug Abuse. He is professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he has taught and conducted research for over 30 years. He has published extensively in the areas of behavioral pharmacology and behavior analysis and has served as associate editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and is past president of the division of Behavior Analysis.

Gerard J. Connors

Gerard J. Connors is director of the Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo. He earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1980. Dr. Connors' research interests include substance use and abuse, relapse prevention, self-help group involvement, early interventions with heavy drinkers, and treatment evaluation. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Connors has authored or coauthored numerous scientific articles, books, and book chapters.

Table of Contents

1. Drug Use and Abuse.
2. Drug Use: Yesterday and Today.
3. Drugs and the Nervous System.
4. Pharmacology.
5. Psychopharmacology and New Drug Development.
6. Cocaine, Amphetamines, and Related Stimulants.
7. Nicotine.
8. Caffeine.
9. Alcohol.
10. Opiates.
11. Marijuana.
12. Hallucinogens.
13. Psychotherapeutic Medications.
14. Other Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs.
15. Treatment of Substance-Use Disorders.
16. Prevention of Substance Abuse.

New to this edition

  • Each chapter of the seventh edition has been updated to represent findings from the latest research, as well as to reflect social and legal changes related to drugs. The authors present the latest survey data available at this writing on patterns of drug use in the United States and in other countries worldwide. The seventh edition also aligns, where relevant, with the recently published Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
  • New and expanded content: Updating throughout on how research in neuroscience and biopsych has provided more info on the use of specific drugs and the controversy that has come from the FDA on their approval. Expanded coverage of the widespread use of steroids in athletes and the general population. Addresses the topic of the declined use of some illegal drugs while the illegal use of prescription drugs is on the rise.
  • The Drugs and Culture Boxes and Contemporary Issues Boxes have been updated.
  • Increased references to the Website and more interactive material on the Website.
  • Chapter 1 contains a new section entitled "DSM-V".


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1285457773 | ISBN-13: 9781285457772)

The instructor's resource manual (IRM) contains a variety of resources to aid instructors in preparing and presenting text material in a manner that meets their personal preferences and course needs. It presents chapter-by-chapter suggestions and resources to enhance and facilitate learning. For assessment support this manual also includes a test bank, featuring multiple choice, matching, and essay questions.

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