Previous research on drug abuse and its prevention among school children

  • Christine Eiser
  • J. Richard Eiser
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)

Abstract

‘Drug misuse’ is generally taken to involve both (i) the non-medical use of drugs which are intended to be used as part of a prescribed course of medical treatment and (ii) the illicit use of drugs which have no accepted medical function (Home Office Report, 1986). Although it is not possible to measure the extent of drug-taking with a high degree of accuracy, much evidence is taken to suggest that drug misuse among young people in Britain has increased in recent years. Reports in both Britain (Home Office Report, 1986) and the United States (MacDonald, 1987) suggest that drug-taking increased dramatically during the 1960’s, levelled off in the mid-1970’s, and then began to increase again.

Keywords

Nicotine Cocaine Assure Smoke Amphetamine 

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© Springer-Verlag, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Eiser
    • 1
  • J. Richard Eiser
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology Washington Singer LaboratoriesUniversity of ExeterExeterEngland

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