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Sociology of Drug Use 1.28.2016 When crack use spread to the poor in the mid-1980s it was declared THE MOST DANGEROUS DRUG KNOWN TO MANKIND—FR MORE DANGEROUS THAN COCAINE HCL - Even scientists supported this notion that crack was the most dangerous drug - Unfortunately the research they used to support this notion was flawed because it was based on pharmacocentrism o The pharmacology of a drug has impact on use Like does a drug light up pleasure centers in the brain and what these points are and why Pharmacocentrism: the believe that a drug’s pharmacology holds the key to understanding the patterns of its use and the behaviors of its users - Obviously knowing a drug’s pharmacological effects is important - Understanding the pharmacological effects of drugs tells us nothing about: o Why is that only people experiment with drugs o Why is that only some experimenters become regular users o Why is it that only some regular users use drugs in a volume and frequency that disrupts their lives (dependence, abuse) o Why is it some drugs are popular at a given point in time This faulty research reinforced a number of myths about crack - Crack myths o Crack is instantly addicting o Crack is more addictive than Cocaine HCL o Crack and cocaine alter the brain in ways that compel people to take them Pleasure centers in the brain What kinds of research were used to support these notions and why was this research flawed - Animal studies o Problems with projecting, artificiality , distractions o
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