Meth, 2nd Edition

America's Drug Epidemic

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Once considered the “poor man’s cocaine,” methamphetamine has seeped into the mainstream in the United States. It is estimated that more than 12 million people have tried the drug, and 1.4 million used it during the past year. Meth-making operations have been uncovered in all fifty states and police departments across the nation now rank methamphetamine as the number one drug they battle today. In this eye-opening title, author Elaine Landau examines both the meth epidemic and its social implications. First, she looks at the drug itself—how its history and its many forms shape the problem today, how meth affects the user’s body, and how the drug’s long-term effects complicate addiction issues. In addition, Landau investigates meth’s cost to society, what perils meth labs present to their surroundings, how police and lawmakers are attempting to deal with the problems, and how the situation continues to change. By considering the problem from both individual and community angles, Landau provides an important analysis of one of the nation’s most serious social problems.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Publication Date 2013-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 362.29'9

Author: Elaine Landau

Award-winning nonfiction children's book author Elaine Landau has written over 300 books for young readers. She worked as a newspaper reporter, a children's book editor, and a youth services librarian before becoming a full time author.