Substance use and abuse
General Drugs Overview
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TEXT BASED NOTES
Drug overview:

Key quote….

"Some drugs may be helpful (if used correctly) but all drugs can be harmful (if
mis-used, over used or abused)"

DEFINITION of DRUG:  
Most substances that enter the body that are not nutrients or Oxygen

How do drugs enter body :

        ) Mouth = Chew, drink or swallow
        2) Needles = Injections, IV’s
        3) Smoking = Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc
        4) Inhaling = breathing in
        5) Skin and mucous membranes = snorting, rubbing, dissolving, nasal
sprays, etc


TERMS everyone should know:

Misuse = Using a medicine in-correctly

Abuse = Using illegal drugs, overusing any drug, or using legal drugs purposely
to get “high”

Resistance = When a body adapts to a medicine so that the medicine no longer is
able to work

Tolerance = Body’s adaptation to a drug that requires more of the drug to gain
the same desired effect

Peer Pressure= act of someone trying to persuade someone else around the same
age to use drugs

Addiction= The act of really wanting a drug (can be physiological or
psychological)

Dependence = Needing a drug (either Physically or Psychologically)

Psychoactive = Drugs that cause changes in the brain or brain functions, often
changing moods or behavior

Depressant= A type of drug that generally lowers body functions

Stimulant = Drugs that generally raise body functions

Hallucinogen= Drugs that trick senses into thinking things are there that are not

Inhalants = Products that are inhaled to cause a reaction in the brain or body
quickly


Decision Making, Peer Pressure and Refusal:  

Quite Simply...Drugs are bad.  

Only medicines designed for short term use are drugs that should be used
UNLESS no other option exists.  Many people become physically dependent or
addicted to drugs. Many others become psychologically dependent based on their
own weaknesses.  

No matter why one starts using drugs, their effects can harm you physically,
intellectually, socially, emotionally and spiritually.  

Teens need to be pro-active in order to develop refusal skills for when
opportunities to use drugs come up.  

The 80's had a slogan by then first lady Nancy Reagan..."Just Say No".  How
true is that slogan these days?  
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WEBSITES and Web Based activities to promote
Comprehension, Enrichment and Remediation

OVERVIEW

VIDEOS:  Documentary The Truth about drugs
7 minute summary
"truth about drugs".  
Real life real people real stories  

VIDEO: True Stories and testimonies of drug users and former drug users
= get Smart about Drugs

VIDEO:  Most Dangerous substances in the world = Asap Science

VIDEO:  Drugs effects to total health = Nancy Suiter

ARTICLE:  Drug Overdose Deaths Soar = US NEWS

Information about variety of drugs
and their effects/uses

Schedules for drugs = medical dictionary
(ever wonder what "schedule 1 drug" means?

Comprehensive Drug information index =
Partnership for drug free America

TRUE FACTS ABOUT ALL KINDS OF DRUGS!!!!!
DRUG FREE WORLD.ORG

Comprehensive guide to drugs = NIDA

GET SMART ABOUT DRUGS.com

FACTS/STATS

VIDEO:  FACTS about Drug Abuse = Recovery Road
Published February 2017

CLICK HERE for 2015 trends of drug use in Philadelphia


ADDICTION and Vocabulary

VIDEO:  Vocabulary and Abuse = 5signsofaddiction

ARTICLE: Science behind Addiction =
.lumierehealingcenters sent to me by Sharon Therien =

ARTICLE: Addicition = Recovery Villiage.com
sent by Sean Douglas

VIDEO:  What addiction does to the brain = CNN 2012

VIDEO:  Biology behind Addiction = Alila Medical Research

VIDEO: Long term effects of Drug Abuse = Freedom from Addiction
(this is from A drug Rehab clinic NOT in the Philadelphia area)


The following links are links about beating drugs
through other, non-chemical activities

RAD = Riders against Drugs (skate, bike, snowboard etc)

NATURAL HIGH
videos, resources, etc

VIDEOs = NATURAL HIGH You Tube site
A TON OF VIDEOS!

Article: Natural High in Iceland = The Atlantic
"THE" SURVEY!
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