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Transcript of Drugs...
Legal drugs = substances, that are easily available
Synthetic substances similar to male sex hormones.
Living Drug free
Commit to be Drug-free
choose friends who avoid drugs
Becoming Drug free
1. Identify sources of help in your community
2. Talk to the person when he or she is sober. Express your affection and concern, do not be judgmental
3. Listen to the person's response, be prepared for anger and denial
4. Offer to go with your friend or family member to a counselor or support group
Factors that Influence teens
Peer pressure - teens whose friends avoid drug use are more likely to say no to drugs themselves
Family members - can encourage teens to abstain from drug use
Role models - coaches, athletes, actors
Misleading information - some drugs can make teens think that certain drug use can be beneficial (steroids)
Drugs that are outlawed and carry penalties upon possession and dealing
Substances whose fumes are sniffed or inhaled to give effect
Immediate effects may include slurred speech, impaired judgment, nausea, coughing nosebleeds
Long-term use can cause liver and kidney damage, blindness, brain damage, cardiac arrest, and death....
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refers to increased male characteristics
Effects of steroid use
Unnatural muscle growth
High blood pressure
Reduced sperm count
Development of breasts
Menstrual cycle changes
Participate in Healthy alternatives
Steps to help a friend or family member get help
Physical warning signs of drug abuse
Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
Sudden weight loss or weight gain
Deterioration of physical appearance, personal grooming habits
Unusual smells on breath, body, or clothing
Tremors, slurred speech, or impaired coordination
Behavioral signs of drug abuse
Drop in attendance and performance at work or school
Unexplained need for money or financial problems; may borrow or steal to get it.
Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors
Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies
Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities)
Psychological warning signs of drug abuse
Unexplained change in personality or attitude
Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts
Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness
Lack of motivation; appears lethargic or “spaced out”
Appears fearful, anxious, or paranoid, with no reason
Outpatient drug-free treatment
These programs usually do not include medications and often use individual or group counseling
These centers can include residential therapy, medication therapy, and outpatient therapy.
Intended for heroin addicts, this treatment usually includes medication therapy
These are residences for drug abusers. The centers include highly structured programs that may last from 6 to 12 months