At the outset, the book gives a list of the currently available narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, classified under relevant categories with a description of their origins and effects on users, to enable the reader to know the wide variety of drugs in use the world over.
The theoretical explanations in respect of the diverse, and often queer, drug abuse patterns and their consequences have been highlighted. The region-wise history and the style of production of narcotics as well as the economics and geo-politics involved therein have been examined. The book investigates the diverse drug trafficking patterns, the layout of the global drug routes and the functioning of major drug cartels in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
The nuances of the profit-giving drugs trade that does the billion dollar funding of insurgencies and gun-running across the globe have also been probed. There is special forms on the pattern and role of substance abuse in national and international sports.
Besides, the book contains a summary of the history of the international community’s intervention in thwarting the escalation of the drug menace. Finally, it contains comparative study of drug law enforcement in the major countries of the world, including India.
Author: SP Kar, IPS