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1 Harmful Drug Abuse Don’t Lose Control

2 What Is A Drug? Drugs – substances other than food that change the structure and function of the body or mind. Medicines – drugs that are used to treat or prevent diseases and other conditions Over the counter Prescription Antibiotics – medicines that reduce or kill harmful bacteria in the body.

3 The Drug Classes Inhalants- Chemical mixtures that alter mood or behavior when inhaled through nose mouth Depressants- Slow down or enhance the bodies mood or function HR etc. neuron sensory etc. Narcotic/Opiates- Pain killing drugs that can only be obtained through legal prescription by doctor Hallucinogens- Drugs that alter the minds thought processes create hallucinations Stimulants- Drugs that speed up bodily function by directly stimulating the nervous system in most cases.

4 Designer VS Street Designer drugs – drugs that are made from chemicals that resemble illegal substances Street drugs – drugs that have limited, if any medical benefit; commonly abused and traded on the streets Designer drugs – drugs that are made from chemicals that resemble illegal substances Street drugs – drugs that have limited, if any medical benefit; commonly abused and traded on the streets

5 Inhalants Substances whose fumes are sniffed and inhaled to give a hallucinogenic-like high Paint Rubber cement Markers Gas duster

6 Stimulants VS Depresants
Depressants = Drugs that slow down the body’s function, highly addictive Tranquilizers Barbiturates Hypnotics Drugs that speed up the body’s function (caffeine) Amphetamines Methamphetamine Cocaine Crack Cocaine

7 Narcotics / Opiates Specific drugs that are obtainable only by prescription and are used to relieve pain Codeine Oxycodone Morphine

8 Hallucinogens Drugs that distort moods, thoughts, and senses
PCP (phencyclidine) LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) Mescaline Shrooms (Psilocybin) DXM (Cough syrup, thera flu, etc…)

9 Using Marijuana Marijuana – Plant containing psychoactive and physiological chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in its leaves, buds, and flowers. Signs of use Rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure/rate of breathing, blood shot eyes, dry mouth, increased appetite, slowed reaction time Short term effects Calmness, anxiety, paranoia, distorted sense of time, random thinking, short term memory loss, depression

10 What Is A Club Drug? Recreational drugs associated parties/raves that cause amnesia Ecstasy (MDMA) Rohypnol (date rape drugs) GHB

11 Performance Enhancing Drugs
Substances used by athletes to improve their performance Steroids Anabolic – promote growth Androgenic – promote development of male characteristics Blood Doping – Boosting the number of red blood cells in the blood stream

12 How To Know Signs at Home Withdrawal from responsibilities
Loss of interest in family activities Verbally and/or physically abusive Signs at School Sudden drop in grades / Not doing homework Truancy or regularly being late to school Loss interest in learning / Sleeping during class

13 Risk Factors Risk Factors For Drug Use Include Emotional problems
Friends who use Being unable to delay gratification Having access (parents grandparents opiates) Rejection by peers Inherited links to addictive personality Role models who abuse Lack of involvement in school activities Failing in school Home use by parents

14 Where to Turn Drug abusers cannot recover from addiction on their own
Detoxification (Detox) – freeing the body of an addictive substance, also overcoming psychological dependence Support groups (alcoholics anonymous) and other community programs Counseling

15 New Age Street Drugs Devils Breath (Scopolamine )
Crokodil and Fake Pot Bath Salts

16 Where To Get Help

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