With addiction a key target for drug discovery efforts, this bookfills an important and timely need for medicinal chemists who needto understand complex neuroscience issues. The author illustratesmedicinal chemistry's prominent role in treating addiction andcovers specific drugs of abuse including narcotics, stimulants,depressants, nicotine, and marijuana.
* Interprets complex neuro- biological andpharmacological information, like the drug-reward system, formedicinal chemists
* Emphasizes neurotransmitters and neurochemicalmechanisms of addictive drugs
* Pulls together information on the many potential drugtargets for treating addiction
* Stresses unique medicinal chemistry problems whendescribing pharmacology testing methods and drug development