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The great brain robbery : what everyone should know about teenagers and… (1997)

by Tom Scott, Trevor Grice

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Before I even started reading this book, I did some research on the authors. The thing that amazes me the most is how Mr. Scott and Mr. Grice have been crucified on the Web for their beliefs, mostly by people who haven't even read THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY. Tom Scott is an award-winning journalist, cartoonist, columnist, documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, and playwright. Trevor Grice is the director of the Life Education Trust, a lecturer, drug counselor, industry advisor, and public speaker who often lectures at schools throughout Australia and the United States. And yet these men have been touted as anti-drug idiots, men who know nothing about drugs and teenagers, and two men who are out to "get" those who choose to use illegal substances. I'm guessing that the people who spew this nonsense are either users of drugs themselves, or just so uninformed that they think what they're saying is believable.

Pick up a copy of THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY, though, and you'll find that Mr. Scott and Mr. Grice have done their homework. This isn't just a book that harps on the dangers of using illegal drugs. The authors provide evidence--medical, scientific, and true-life examples--of how using these illicit substances can damage you. Can damage, especially, the growing muscle that is the brain of a teenager. In this day and age, it isn't just enough to place "Say No To Drugs" banners in schools; it's not just enough to send D.A.R.E. police officers to talk to elementary students. Today's teens are smart, and given the proper information, they can make informed decisions. For every teen who has ever wondered just what, exactly, smoking marijuana does to your body, or how drinking alcohol can effect you later in life, or for parents wondering what to do if they suspect their kids have used drugs, this is the book for you.

In Part One of the book, titled The Challenge, you get the following categories:

Puberty Blues, Is My Child On Drugs?, A Mother's Story, How The Brain Works, Vandalism In The Refinery, You Must Remember This, What Is Marijuana?, The Story Of Two Users, So Who'd Be A Parent?, What Can We Do?, Kids This Is For You, A Sister's Story, Getting Off Drugs, A Counselor's Story, and a Conclusion.

In Part Two, The Danger List, you get a reference guide to today's most popular and major drugs:

Alcohol, Amphetamines, Barbiturates, Caffeine, Cocaine, Designer Drugs, Hallucinogens, Inhalants & Volatile Substances, Legal highs, Marijuana, Nicotine, Opiates/Narcotics, and Steroids.

In Part 3, The Hard Science, the authors back up their findings with a Bibliography and Suggested Reading List, along with a Glossary.

It's not enough to just tell your kids that drugs are dangerous. Although it's true that teens often learn by experience, there's no need for them to experiment with drugs to find out that they can kill you. By reading THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY, you, and your teen, will be informed on the hidden--and obvious--dangers of partaking in illegal, and sometimes even legal, substances.

And for those who are looking for ways to avoid drugs in everyday life, perhaps at a party where they're offered something they don't want? Check out the list titled "20 Ways to Say No to Drugs at a Party Without Feeling Like a Dweeb." My personal favorites? "No way. Last time I touched that stuff I went home, tidied my room, mowed the lawns and washed the car. It was really scary, man." Or how about "Have you got anything that won't make me projectile-vomit without warning?" Or if that fails, you can try "No thanks, my I.Q. is dangerously low already." In a pinch, though, just saying "No thanks, not for me" can only prolong your life.

Pick up a copy of THE GREAT BRAIN ROBBERY today. It's one book that just might save your life. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0473038374, Paperback)

The Great Brain Robbery is a very educational but fun book written for teenagers about the effects of drugs on the brain. It really holds the teenagers attention on this subject! It is unique for these reasons: 1.Very interesting to the teenage reader due to the format 2.Has great cartoons on almost every page 3.Has the latest clinical information about the effects of drugs on the brain 4.Has heart touching stories about the effects of drug use on families 5.Has many practical suggestions for dealing with the pressures teenagers face with drugs 6.This book is a best seller in New Zealand already due to this unique format

Counselors who work with teenagers say, "Finally a book the teenager will read because of the fantastic format!" This book is written for teenagers and others who want information in a reading style that will not be boring . It has the very latest information about the clinical effects of drugs on the brain.

What makes The Great Brain Robbery so very readable and interesting to teenagers is that it has tons of very funny cartoons with a message by Tom Scott the, leading cartoonist in New Zealand. It is also full of heart touching stories about the harsh effects of drugs on real people like the story written by Emily's mother who lost her young daughter to drugs and the story written by two drug users that recalls their whole horrible adventure into the world of drugs.

The book contains a world of practical help in the sections that simply give: 1.20 ways to say no to drugs at a party without feeling like a dweeb 2.10 actions that will help you kick drugs 3.33 indicators to tell if someone may be on drugs:behavioral changes,school related changes,physical changes,mental and emotional changes,and social changes.

The Great Brain Robbery contains the latest clinical facts on the effects of alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, hallucinogens,inhalants, marijuana,nicotine, opiates,narcotics,and steroids. It deals with the puberty blues,how the brain works,memory loss,the family dynamics of drug use,how to get off drugs and many other topics that surround the whole issue of teenage drug use. It is a fun book to read on a serious subject.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:51 -0400)

People, particularly the young, take drugs because they enjoy the effects they have on their moods. But for every high there is a low. For every trip, a return journey. All children entering adolescence need to know that there is no short cut to happiness through chemistry. There is only a short circuiting of the brain wiring that makes them, them. Today we know so much more about how the brain works and, importantly, how it matures. Through MRI scanning scientists have discovered that the brain is not fully matured until a person reaches about 25 years of age. The effect of drugs, including alcohol and nicotine, on the maturing brain can be devastating and is always harmful. The most effective way to deal with drug problems is within the family. With so many drugs on the market it is vital for everyone to keep informed and up-to-date. The authors openly explain the seemingly difficult scientific concepts behind drugs, not just their history and sources but also how they affect the brain and the acute and chronic side effects they have on the body.… (more)

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