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New PDF release: Cocaine: Scientific and Social Dimensions (Novartis

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Cocaine poses fascinating difficulties for neurophysiologists and neuropharmacologists and there's vital new info at the results of cocaine at the mind (its preliminary web site of motion on the mobile point now showing to be the dopamine transporter). comprises chapters at the far-reaching poisonous results of cocaine, at the epidemiology and the economics of drug dependancy, at the prior and current use of cocaine within the U.S. and in South the USA, and at the ethical matters raised by way of drug use and abuse.

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You are making such an important assertion, but how firm do you think the evidence is? Musto: First, my observations are based chiefly on a study of the American experience, in which a rapidly expanding legal consumption of cocaine elicited a strong opposition to the drug and strong support for the enactment of the most severe legal restrictions applied to any drug still available for medical purposes. I believe the reduction in cocaine use during the 1920s and 1930s was facilitated by the criminal justice system.

Law enforcement became the public’s focus, as it is becoming now in the USA. So the change in attitude toward drug use carried with it many related consequences and was part of a larger movement aiming at risk reduction in the things we take into our body and in hazards in the environment. The American experience of cocaine 19 Gerstein: On this point of what effects the law has, we should pay attention to the distinction between use by the elite and by the demi-monde, although in the USA it is perhaps more important to take the rather different dimensions of use by Whites and use by Blacks, because I think the drug laws in the USA have been used most aggressively and extensively against Blacks.

Then, after a follow-up interval of one year, we studied this ‘at-risk’ set of individuals with no prior history of panic attack, and we estimated whether cocaine users were more likely to develop panic attack than non-users. We produced these estimates in a manner that allowed us to hold constant potentially confounding variables such as a history of alcoholism or other psychiatric disorders, unemployment status, being divorced or separated, and so on. The panic attack estimate in Table 4 shows that cocaine use signalled increased risk of panic attack.

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