Drug Abuse

This guide will assist you in locating books, journal articles, statistics and other resources on substance abuse and related topics.

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Reference Works

Drug Use: A Reference Handbook. 2004.

“Drug Use: A Reference Handbook presents a vast collection of facts and information about the major issues that drive the world’s never-ending drug problem. An examination of five substances – tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, heroin, and cocaine – presents eye-opening facts about their relationship to politics, policies, big business, and war.” Mugar HV5801 I67 2004.

The Encyclopedia of Addictions and Addictive Behaviors. 2006.

Begins with an introductory essay on addiction myths; types, causes and ramifications of addictions, and recovery. Followed by 300+ entries from “abstinence” to “Zyban.” There are several appendixes listing organizations and agencies, as well as statistical tables. Concludes with a bibliography. Mugar Ref. X RC564 G95 2006.

Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior. 4 vols. 2000.

Comprehensive encyclopedia covering criminology and social deviance under four broad categories: historical, conceptual, and theoretical issues; crime and juvenile delinquency; sexual deviance; and self destructive behavior and disvalued identity. The latter volume contains the most articles about drugs and drug abuse; however, there are articles on alcohol scattered throughout the four-volume set. The 500+ entries cover such topics as drug legalization,drug use and gender, and the war on drugs. Mugar HV 6017 E53 2000..

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior. 4 vols. 2001.

Contains overview essays and briefer entries on topics such as gangs and drugs and legal regulation of drugs and alcohol, as well as articles about individual drugs. Includes extensive directory of drug abuse and alcoholism treatment and prevention programs, research centers, and organizations. Mugar Ref. X HV5804 E53 2001.

The Encyclopedia of Human Ecology. 2 vols. 2003.

Multi-disciplinary encyclopedia with 250+ entries examining human environments and human interactions and their impact on our health, quality of life, and natural and human-made environments. Covers such varied topics as adolescents, young adults, elderly and family issues, gays and lesbians, ethnic groups, juvenile justice, violence in teen dating, death, drugs, smoking, suicide, housing, and the men’s movement. Mugar Ref. GF4 E53 2003.

Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. 2 vols. 2009.

“Reflecting the recent explosion in the knowledge base of all aspects of the alcohol and drug abuse field, the Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery presents state-of-the-art research and evidence-based applications. The Encyclopedia’s approximately 350 A-to-Z signed entries focus on the information that addiction treatment and prevention professionals and allied health professionals need to effectively work with clients.” Mugar Ref. X RC563.4 E53 2009.

Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender. 2 vols. 2001.

Comprehensive coverage of topics covering current scholarship on the psychology of women and gender, including substance abuse. Mugar Ref. X HQ1115 E52 2001.

The Slang and Jargon of Drugs and Drink. 1986.

Dictionary of terms, phrases and expressions used for drugs, alcohol and tobacco, from 1700 to the present. Mugar HV4998 S64 1986.

The War on Drugs: An International Encyclopedia. 1999.

This encyclopedia “begins with an introduction that puts the international drug trade and the war on drugs in historical perspective and follows with a chronology of key historical events covered in the encyclopedia.” The 642 A-to-Z entries encompass the “legal, political, social, economic, and environmental aspects of the international drug trade and the war on drugs.” The work concludes with a list of ninety websites and a lengthy bibliography. Mugar HV5804 C47 1999.


Athletes and Illegal Drug Use: A Selected Bibliography. 2012.


Drug Cartels in Mexico: A Selected Bibliography. 2012.


Drug Use: A Selected Bibliography. 2012.


Marijuana Policy: A Selected Bibliography. 2012.


The NALGAP Annotated Bibliography: Resources on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Lesbians/Gay Men. 1987.

Contains citations to books, articles, brochures, pamphlets, conference papers, theses and manuscripts on chemical addiction in the lesbian/gay community. Mugar Z7721 B47 1987. Storage: Use Request Form.

Substance Abuse Among Ethnic Minorities in America: A Critical Annotated Bibliography. 1992.

Contains summaries and critiques of articles on the etiologic and epidemiologic factors of substance use and abuse, treatment, and prevention. Includes blacks, Hispanics, native Americans, Alaska natives, and Asian/Pacific Islanders. Mugar Z7164 D78 S8 1992. Storage: Use Request Form.


Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator.



U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics: Drugs .

Consult the BJS A to Z list for data on drug courts, drug law enforcement,drug-related crime, and more.

National Center for Health Statistics Fastats: Illegal Drug Use.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive.


Substance Abuse: The Nation’s Number One Health Problem: Key Indicators for Policy. 2001.

Statistical data on trends in substance abuse, consequences, and intervention efforts. Presents bar graphs and pie charts for a variety of statistics on alcohol, illicit drug, and tobacco use in the U.S. Mugar HV4999.2 S9 2001.