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Cannabis use and dependence : public health and public policy

Author: Wayne Hall; Rosalie Liccardo Pacula
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book explores the relationship between health policy, public health and the law regarding cannabis use. It assesses the impact of illegality in drug use and relates this to contemporary policy analysis in Australia, the UK, the US and other developed societies. It evaluates current debates about 'safe use' and 'harm minimisation' approaches, as well as examining the experiences of different prevention,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wayne Hall; Rosalie Liccardo Pacula
ISBN: 0521800242 9780521800242
OCLC Number: 52594455
Description: xiv, 298 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / Peter Reuter --
1. Introduction --
Sect. 1. Cannabis the drug and how it is used --
2. Cannabis the drug --
3. Patterns of use --
Sect. 2. The health effects of cannabis --
4. The acute effects of cannabis --
5. The cellular, immunological and reproductive effects of chronic cannabis use --
6. The cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal effects of chronic cannabis use --
Sect. 3. The psychological effects of chronic cannabis use --
7. Cannabis dependence --
8. The effects of cannabis use on cognitive functioning --
9. Cannabis use and psychotic disorders --
Sect. 4. Effects on adolescent development --
10. Is cannabis a gateway drug? --
11. Adolescent psychosocial outcomes --
Sect. 5. Harms and benefits of cannabis use --
12. Comparing the health effects of cannabis with alcohol and tobacco --
13. The benefits of cannabis use --
Sect. 6. The effectiveness and costs of cannabis prohibition --
14. The impact of prohibition on cannabis use --
15. The monetary cost of enforcing prohibition --
16. Other costs of cannabis prohibition --
Sect. 7. Policy alternatives --
17. Variations on prohibition --
18. Cannabis as a legal substance --
19. Summing up.
Responsibility: Wayne Hall, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula.
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This book explores the relationship between health policy, public health and the law regarding cannabis use. It combines research in the physiological, social and economic policy fields, examines  Read more...

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