- An evenhanded, comprehensive, "big picture" examination of the nation's drug problem, including thoughtful analysis of diverse perspectives on the critical social issues surrounding drug control policy.
- Extensively revised throughout with expanded treatment of topics such as medical marijuana legislation; research on addiction; the impact of family systems on drug use patterns and the effectiveness of drug abuse prevention programs; and developments in drug source countries, including violence trends, crop eradication efforts, new trafficking technology; and more.
- Supplemented with pedagogical tools, photos, charts, appendices, and new case studies
1. The Nature of the Drug Problem
2. The History of Drug Abuse
3. Drug Abuse and Pharmacology
4. The Illicit Drug Trade
5. Domestic Drug Production
6. Drugs and Crime
Part II: Gangs and Drugs
7. Organized Crime and the Drug Trade
8. Domestic Drug-Trafficking Organizations
9. Transnational Drug-Trafficking Organizations
Part III: Fighting Back
10. The Drug Control Initiative
11. Critical Issues in Drug Control
12. The Issue of Legalizing Drugs
13. Understanding Drug Control Policy
14. Control through Treatment and Prevention
Michael D. Lyman is a Professor of Criminal Justice in the Criminal Justice and Human Services Department at Columbia College of Missouri. In addition to being a teaching faculty member, he serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program and Director of the Forensic Science Program. He is designated as an expert in police procedure in more than 30 states and frequently testifies as an expert witness in criminal cases.