Title Buzzed, Fully Revised and Updated 5/e
Subtitle The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy
Author Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, Wilkie Wilson
ISBN 9780393356465
List price USD 19.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 384
Book size 152 X 235 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“Everyone who is interested in drugs will enjoy reading this.… The authors approach the subject with neither bias nor exaggeration.… A wonderfully interesting and accurate handbook of drug information.”

Carlton K. Erickson, director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of The Science of Addiction


“A well-written book that dispels some of the myths associated with drug abuse. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a readable, factual account of the physiological and behavioral effects of drugs of abuse.”

Dr. Charles Schuster, director of clinical research on substance abuse at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse


Buzzed is one of the most important books I’ve ever read.… So comprehensive and so readable that I recommend everybody who’s interested in this area—kids who are taking drugs, parents, professionals… and, most of all, politicians and legislators—to read it.”

Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting


“Drug education ought to be sober but it doesn’t have to be dour. The authors [of Buzzed] have come up with an informative book about the ways people get high. It is also realistic and interesting to read.”

Dallas Morning News


“This is a well-written and well-organized book that is highly recommended for health care professionals, health educators, and even parents.”

Dr. Charles E Yesalis, professor of health policy and administration at Penn State University and coeditor of Performance Enhancing Substances in Sport and Exercise


“Well written and easy to read. [Buzzed] could be used as a resource to be consulted, dipped into simply for interest’s sake, or read from cover to cover.… If you are looking for an up-to-date, accessible source of information regarding drugs of abuse, this book would be a good starting point.”

The Ulster Medical Journal


“Lively, highly informative, unbiased, thorough, and nothing but straight talking on an issue which is often condemned without being fully understood or sufficiently explained to our youth. Its breadth of scope yet clarity of detail place this book in contention for the coveted title of the ‘only drug book you’ll ever need.’ I have not read a fuller, more illuminating text on the influence of drugs on physical and psychological functioning.”

Christopher Russell, research fellow at the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Drug Misuse Research


“Students need clear, detailed, comprehensive factual information in order to make smart decisions, and Buzzed provides it all in an easy-to-understand format. What a great resource!”

Ellen Gold, former chair of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Task Force at the American College Health Association


“[Buzzed] is written in no-nonsense narrative prose which commendably simplifies complex neurochemistry without unduly sacrificing accuracy.… A good update on neuropharmacology for the layman.”

National Drug Strategy Network


“A unique, up-to-date, and useful source for all those interested in the workings of and effects of legal and illegal drugs, regardless of whether you are a concerned mother or Irvine Welsh!”

The British Psychological Society


The essential source for understanding how drugs affect the body and behavior.

Fully updated, this matter-of-fact handbook includes the most recent discoveries about drug use, including new information on electronic smoking devices, abuse of prescription stimulants, and the opioid crisis. “Lively, highly informative, unbiased, [and] thorough” (Addiction Research & Theory), Buzzed surveys drugs from caffeine to heroin to reveal how these drugs affect the body, the different “highs” they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly.

Neither a “Just Say No” treatise nor a “How to” manual, Buzzed is based on the conviction that people make better decisions with accurate information at hand.


Just Say Know (A College Students Perspective by Leigh Heather Wilson and Jeremy Foster)
Test Your Drug Knowledge


liquor, whiskey, booze, hooch, wine, beer, ale, porter

coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, over-the-counter pain relievers and stimulants, some prescription medications

MDMA (X, XTC, Adam), MDE (Eve), MDA (Love)

lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD—acid, blotter, California sunshine, microdot, trip, yellow sunshine, etc.), mescaline (peyote, buttons, mesc, mescal, topi), psilocybin mushrooms (boomers, magic mushrooms, shrooms), dimethyltryptamine (DMT—businessman’s special), ayahuasca (caapi, gage, vegetal), belladonna alkaloids (atropine, scopolamine, belladonna, deadly nightshade, Jimsonweed, stink weed, mandrake), phencyclidine (PCP, angel dust, T, PeaCe pill), ketamine (Special K, K), dextromethorphan (Dex, robo, red devils), Salvia divinorum (ska, Maria, la Maria, ska Pastora)

Herbal Drugs
Herbal X-tacy, smart drugs, ginseng, melatonin, etc

nitrites (butyl or amyl—bolt, bullets, climax, locker room, rush, poppers, snappers, aimes); anesthetics (nitrous oxide—Whippets; gaseous anesthesia agents used for surgery—halothane, ether); solvents, paints, sprays, and fuels (toluene, gasoline, glues, canned spray paint, etc.)

marijuana (reefer, pot, herb, ganja, grass, old man Blanche, weed, sinsemilla, bhang, dagga, smoke), hashish (hash, tar), hash oil (oil, charas)

tobacco, nicotine chewing gum, nicotine skin patch, chewing tobacco, snuff, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco

opium (Chinese molasses, dreams, gong , 0, skee, toys, zero), heroin (Big H, dreck, horse, mojo, smack, white lady, brown), heroin and cocaine (speedballs), morphine, codeine, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone (Percodan, OxyContin), meperidine (Demerol), diphenoxylate (LomotiI), hydrocodone (Vicodin), fentanyl (Sublimaze), propoxyphene (Darvon)

barbiturates (phenobarbital, pentobarbital [Nembutali], secobarbital [Seconal], (amobarbital (Amytal]), chloral hydrate (Notec, Somnos, Felsules), glutethimide (Doriden), Eguanil, Miltown, Noludar, Placidyl, Valmid, methaqualone (Quaaludes, ludes), benzodiazepines (such as Rohypnol, Valium, Librium, Ativan, Xanax, Halcion, and many others), drugs designed specifically to induce sleep (zolpidem [Ambien], eszopiclone [Lunesta], and ramelteon (Rozerem]), gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

steroids, roids, juice

cocaine (coke, blow, candy, crack, jack, jimmy, rock, nose candy, whitecoat), amphetamine (crank, bennies, uppers), methamphetamine (meth, crystal, crystal meth, ice), ephedrine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), methcathinone (cat, crank, goob)


Brain Basics
Drug Basics
Legal Issues
Illustrations Insert

About the Authors:

Cynthia Kuhn is professor of pharmacology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Scott Swartzwelder, PhD is a professor of psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Wilkie Wilson is professor of prevention science at Duke University.

Target Audience:

The book is for anyone looking for a readable, factual account of the physiological and behavioral effects of drugs of abuse.


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