This accessible, easy-to-read book provides readers with different perspectives on the subject of painkillers, examining their history, production, uses, and dangers.
• Documents the risks of painkiller use and explores the various issues centered around the production, distribution, and regulation of painkiller medications
• Examines painkillers from a variety of perspectives, including medical, historical, economic, and social
• Includes primary source documents such as guidelines, policy documents, and study findings on the topics covered that provide readers with more in-depth information and help students hone their critical thinking and analytical skills
• Examines the social dimensions of the use and abuse of painkiller drugs and considers the future of this particular type of drugs