|Substance use and abuse
General Drugs Overview
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|Main Topic Pages for this current unit:
|TEXT BASED NOTES
"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
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
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
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
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?
Take the PLEDGE
screen shot your results to me via email,
earm 10 points for any category you
BE HONEST..I trust you..don't do it just
for the points. If for some reason you
get caught lying, you lose 100 points!
Class File Downloads
and Intro worksheet (answers to left) = Mr. Corabi
Basic Drug overview powerpoint = Mr. Corabi
"THE BIG 3" comparison chart
WEBSITES and Web Based activities to promote
Comprehension, Enrichment and Remediation
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
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)
videos, resources, etc
VIDEOs = NATURAL HIGH You Tube site
A TON OF VIDEOS!
Article: Natural High in Iceland = The Atlantic