The relationship between drugs, the brain and behavior is a complex interchange that is often difficult to grasp, but a new book co-authored by a College of Pharmacy faculty member explains the pharmacology of drug use disorders.
"Drugs, the Brain and Behavior" is co-authored by Dr. Carlton Erickson, associate dean for research and graduate studies at the college, and Dr. John Brick, executive director of Intoxikon International.
The authors explore the brain and its response to various drugs through a series of chapters, each devoted to a different drug from alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana to antipsychotics, anxiolytics, and antidepressants.
The publication examines the medical and forensic consequences of drug use and how psychoactive drugs affect cognition, behavior, and emotion. It also looks at brain/behavior relationships and the specific effects of major addictive and psychoactive drug groups.
Each author brings a long history of research in alcohol and drug studies to the writing of the publication. Dr. Erickson has studied the effects of alcohol on the brain for more than 45 years. He currently serves as a professor of pharmacology and toxicology within the UT College of Pharmacy and is director of the Addiction Science Research and Education Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Brick is a research scientist and educator with more than 35 years of experience in alcohol and drug studies. He is the executive director of Intoxikon International, and is former chief of research for the Center for Alcohol Studies, Education and Training Division and chairman of the graduate curriculum on the Biology of Alcohol at Rutgers University.
The book is the second edition of their joint authorship, and was published in early 2013 by Routledge of New York City and London.