Neuroscience of psychoactive substance use and dependence WHO 2004

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Language English
Pages 286
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Neuroscience of Psychoactive Substance Use and Dependence provides an authoritative summary of current knowledge of the biological basis of substance use behaviours, including their relationship with environmental factors. The report focuses on a wide range of psychoactive substances, including tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. New developments in neuroscience research are discussed (e.g., mechanisms governing craving, tolerance, neuroadaptation, immunotherapies and the concept of dependence) as well the ethical implications of these developments. As the product of consultations with and contributions from many international experts and partners, the best available evidence is provided from the various schools of thought and areas of research in the field of neuroscience. Neuroscience of Psychoactive Substance Use and Dependence is targeted at individuals with more than a basic knowledge of neuroscience, including scientists from a number of disciplines. It is expected that this publication will be of interest to health care workers, clinicians, social workers, university students, science teachers and informed policy makers.


Preface

Substance use and dependence trigger a big burden to people and societies all through the world. The World Well being Report 2002 indicated that 8.9% of the whole burden of illness comes from the use of psychoactive substances. The report confirmed that tobacco accounted for 4.1%, alcohol 4%, and illicit medication 0.8% of the burden of illness in 2000. A lot of the burden attributable to substance use and dependence is the end result of all kinds of well being and social issues, together with HIV/AIDS, which is pushed in lots of nations by injecting drug use. This neuroscience report is the primary try by WHO to offer a complete overview of the organic components associated to substance use and dependence by summarizing the huge quantity of data gained within the final 20-30 years. The report highlights the present state of data of the mechanisms of motion of differing kinds of psychoactive substances, and explains how the use of these substances can result in the event of dependence syndrome.

Although the main focus is on mind mechanisms, the report nonetheless addresses the social and environmental components which affect substance use and dependence. It additionally offers with neuroscience features of interventions and, particularly, the moral implications of new organic intervention methods. The assorted well being and social issues related to use of and dependence on tobacco, alcohol and illicit substances require better consideration by the general public well being group and applicable coverage responses are wanted to deal with these issues in numerous societies. Many gaps stay to be stuffed in our understanding of the problems associated to substance use and dependence however this report reveals that we already know an incredible deal in regards to the nature of these issues that can be utilized to form coverage responses. This is a crucial report and I like to recommend it to a large viewers of well being care professionals, coverage makers, scientists and college students.

Neuroscience of Psychoactive Substance Use and Dependence

Author(s): World Health Organization

Publisher: World Health Organization, Year: 2004

ISBN: 9789241562355

 

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