A Selected Social History of the Stepping-Stone Drugs and Opiates

  • Thomas P. Gullotta
Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL)


The social history of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, prescription and opiate drugs is overviewed. This history presents the context of current difficulties in solving the abuse of substances. The sequence of substance use, misuse and abuse is examined as stepping-stones as a continuum of use. A multifaceted prevention approach is proposed which incorporates harm risk reduction.


History Substance abuse Stepping-stone theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Child and Family Agency of Southeastern ConnecticutNew LondonUSA

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