Ruth Clifford Engs, Editor/Author. CONTROVERSIES IN THE ADDICTION FIELD, Kendal-Hunt: Dubuque, Iowa, 1990
This book addresses some of the controversial issues found in the addiction field. Chapters within the topical outline cover various viewpoints to the following questions: "What is the nature of substance (alcohol and drug) use disorders; Should we have public policies to prevent these disorders; Should the minimum drinking (purchase age) be lowered, Should we have mandatory drug testing at the worksite; Are warning labels effective in preventing alcohol use disorders; Should women be advised to abstain completely from alcohol during pregnancy; Are school based alcohol/drug education and harm reduction programs effective; Should abstinence be the only treatment model for alcohol use disorder (alcoholism)?
In soliciting authors for the volume, noted researchers and scholars, known for a particular viewpoint, were contacted. Because of time commitments some were not able to contribute but readily offered names of colleagues. A few for political reasons and personal philosophies declined the invitation and is discussed in the introduction. In a few sections, where researchers could not be found, nationally known advocates for a particular issue were asked to participate. Also, some emerging scholars and academicians were asked to contribute so that there would be a mixture of seasoned authors and new emerging talent in the field.