4.4. Drug Misuse – Lessons Learned through the Modern Science

  1. Hamid Ghodse2,
  2. Helen Herrman3,
  3. Mario Maj4 and
  4. Norman Sartorius5
  1. Igor Koutsenok

Published Online: 18 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch7

Substance Abuse Disorders

Substance Abuse Disorders

How to Cite

Koutsenok, I. (2009) Drug Misuse – Lessons Learned through the Modern Science, in Substance Abuse Disorders (eds H. Ghodse, H. Herrman, M. Maj and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    International Centre for Drug Policy, St George's University of London, London, UK

  2. 3

    Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

  4. 5

    Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego School of Medicine, 5060 Shoreham Place, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92122, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470745106

Online ISBN: 9780470975084



  • drug misuse - lessons learnt through modern science;
  • drug and alcohol use, misuse and dependence - dramatic costs to society;
  • drug addiction, a ‘social problem’ - requiring social-judicial solution, than as a ‘health problem’;
  • drug and alcohol abuse - a global problem;
  • initiation of substance use - adolescent phenomenon, physical and psychological changes;
  • profound cognitive changes - altering adolescent's view of the world, manner in which one thinks;
  • practice of prevention - improving, by science of drug-abuse prevention;
  • perceived risks, determinant of drug experimentation - drug dangers, conveyed accurately;
  • pharmacological strategies, targeting addiction - drug-induced euphoria, hedonic dysregulation, craving and denial;
  • comprehensive scientific analysis - critical in addiction science