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Drug Addiction I

Morphine, Sedative/Hypnotic and Alcohol Dependence

  • William R. Martin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Problems of Drug Dependence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Morphine Dependence

  4. Sedative/Hypnotics and Alcohol Dependence

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 673-750

About this book

Introduction

This volume addresses the general problem of drug addiction from several points of view, which are in some ways quite unique and different from other areas of pharmacology. Drug addiction is closely associated with criminal behavior. One of the great and noble edifices of civilization is the philosophic and ethical view that man is perfectible, and some believe that this can be achieved by providing the appropriate circumstance or environment in which man can mature and be educated. Some have postulated that drug abuse is a consequence of an inadequate or pathologic set of socializing experiences or is a consequence of basic conflicts between the values and accepted patterns of behavior of a subculture and that of a larger culture. The degree to which man is malleable and perfectible by social forces is not known nor do we know the true desirability of socializing individuals to the extent that their behavior does not deviate from social norms. Some deviancy is essential for innovation and creativity, and at times there may be difficulties in determining whether an innovator or creator is exhibiting sociopathic behavior or not. This aspect of drug addiction is inherently a matter of social values and ethics.

Keywords

drug drug abuse ethics pharmacology research

Editors and affiliations

  • William R. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health ServiceNational Institute on Drug Abuse, Addiction Research CenterLexingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-66612-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-66614-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-66612-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0171-2004
  • Series Online ISSN 1865-0325
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