'Dr Phil Robson has written a wise and humane book, which avoids the easy generalizations and tired shibboleths of the 'drug debate' for an informed and interesting perspective. Thank heavens there are still professionals who are prepared to go against the grain of contemporary drug policy and offer some innovative and forward-looking solutions to the problem of drug-use. I urge anyone interested in the issues surrounding illegal drugs to read this book.' Will Self The interest in drugs and their effects extends far beyond the ranks of those who actually use them - to parents, teachers, health professionals, politicians and health economists, students, and anyone aware of current drug use in society. Forbidden Drugs 2e presents detailed historical, scientific, and social information on all the drugs currently used illegally throughout the world, including their effects and side-effects. It also examines the reasons why people decide to use these drugs, why they become addicted, and the treatments which are available for drug-related problems. For the new edition the book has been heavily revised throughout, and includes new chapters on two drugs that have been illegal in the past, and remain so in some countries - alcohol and tobacco. There is also a new chapter dealing with the increasing problem of drug use in sport. Finally, there is a critical evaluation of governments' current policy on drugs with some proposals for limiting the damage caused to individuals and society, and for reducing the problems associated with drug use.