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Drugs and Alcohol in the 21st Century: Theory, Behavior, and Policy

Author(s): Dwight Vick, PhD, Assistant Professor and Graduate Director, Public Administration and Political Science, West Texas A&M University
  • ISBN-13: 9780763774882
  • Electronic Book/content    400 pages      © 2011
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Drugs & Alcohol in the 21st Century: Theory, Behavior, and Policy examines the collective response to addictive behaviors in America, and its influence on the creation and implementation of national policy in the 20th and 21st century. A close look is given to America’s response to five drugs with ambiguous political histories – alcohol, cocaine, hallucinogens, marijuana, and opiates. The physical and psychological conditions that contribute to addictive behaviors are explored, as well as how those conditions impact individuals, families and communities. Responses from politicians, the alcohol and drug industry, citizens groups, and bureaucracies including law enforcement, public health, schools and colleges are discussed.

Features & Benefits

• Introduces a new policy process model, as well as a comparison of the three major policy options – criminalization, legalization, and harm reduction – for an in-depth analysis of effective solution methods.
• Supported by chapter case studies, allowing readers to apply the theoretical, psychological, sociological, and political issues discussed to these real-life situations.
• Written in a narrative style for ease of reading and improved comprehension.
• Contains a section on the philosophy of substance abuse for thought-provoking contemplation or discussion.

Applicable Courses

This book is intended for several audiences. First, it can be used as a primary text in separate undergraduate and graduate-level drug and alcohol policy classes. Secondly, the book can be used as a supplemental text in several courses: criminal justice, political science, psychology, public policy, and sociology. No prerequisites are anticipated for this text.

Dwight Vick, PhD-Assistant Professor and Graduate Director, Public Administration and Political Science, West Texas A&M University

Dwight Vick, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of Public Administration programs at West Texas A&M University. Holding an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. military, he has taught public administration courses for the past nine years. He earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Memphis and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He also completed a one-year post-doctoral program at the Center for Substance Abuse and Addiction (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico. 
Dr. Vick has researched and published several articles that have appeared in journals such as JAMA:  Journal of the American Medical Association, Addiction, PA Times, Public Administration Review, International Journal of Harm Reduction, America in the 1990s and America in the 1930s. Dr. Vick is the editor of PB&J:  Politics, Bureaucracy, and Justice, an online journal managed through WTAMU. He won the 2007 Best Article Award from the American Society for Public Administration for his work on federalism and the Katrina relief efforts in Biloxi, Mississippi. He has authored the first book on community-panel drug courts. Also, he is the 2010 national co-chairperson of the American Society for Public Administration conference in San Jose, California.  He also serves on the organization’s National Council.
Considering himself to be both a practitioner and academic, Dr. Vick interned at various government agencies throughout his graduate experiences and early career:  The White House during the Clinton administration; Congressman Ed Pastor of Arizona; the Arizona Department of Corrections; Maricopa County, Arizona’s Department of Public Health, and Woodbury County, Iowa’s Drug Court Program. 


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ISBN-13: 9780763774882