This book does a good job of covering and reconciling both ends of the spectrum - the things that never change as well as the new debates and rapid changes in the drugs field that have taken place over the last 25 years... It packs a lot into its 240 pages and most contributions are certainly interesting enough to set the reader off on a quest to find out more about each of the topics presented... A chapter provocatively entitled 'Anything new under the sun?' rightly acknowledges the complexity of a field where there are no easy answers, highlighting the ongoing interminable debates betwen 'abstinence' and 'harm reduction' in the quest for paths to 'recovery'... This book does well in covering such a wide-raging group of topics related to problem drug use.
The book serves as a valuable and scholarly resource for all those working in the field of substance abuse in the UK and indeed beyond. It is refreshing to see both alcohol and tobacco included in a book devoted to substance misuse