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Drugs of Abuse...

A short presentation for my Middle School Students about Drugs... Different Classes & different effects.

Steve McCabe

on 8 April 2011

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DRUGS When a person has a physical or psychological need for a drug. Withdrawal The physical and psychological symptoms that occur when someone stops using an addictive substance. Tolerance When a person's body becomes used to the effect(s) of a drug and needs larger amounts for it to be effective. Addiction CATEGORIES... Narcotics CNS
Depressants Inhalants CNS
Stimulants Hallucinogens Substances other than food that change the structure or function of the body and/or mind. CNS Depressants slow down the operations of the brain and the body. Examples of CNS Depressants include alcohol, barbiturates, anti-anxiety tranquilizers (e.g., Valium, Librium, Xanax, Prozac, and Thorazine), GHB (Gamma Hydroxybutyrate), Rohypnol and many other anti-depressants (e.g., as Zoloft, Paxil). A narcotic analgesic relieves pain, induces euphoria and creates mood changes in the user. Examples of narcotic analgesics include Opium, Codeine, Heroin, Demerol, Darvon, Morphine, Methadone, Vicodin and OxyContin. Substances that are sniffed or "huffed" to give the user an immediate "high". Inhalants include a wide variety of breathable substances that produce mind-altering results and effects. Examples of inhalants include Toluene, plastic cement and common household products such as paint, gasoline, paint thinners and hair sprays, for example. Hallucinogens cause the user to perceive things differently than they actually are. Examples include LSD, Peyote, Psilocybin and MDMA (Ecstasy). CNS Stimulants accelerate the heart rate and elevate the blood pressure and "speed-up" or over-stimulate the body. Examples of CNS Stimulants include Cocaine, "Crack", Amphetamines and Methamphetamine ("Crank"). Cannabis May Experience Euphoria, Increased Appetite ("The Munchies"), Disorientation, Increased Pulse Rate and Reddening of the eyes.

Cannabis is the scientific name for marijuana. The active ingredient in cannabis is delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. This category includes cannabinoids and synthetics like Dronabinol. PCP and
its Analogs One of the seven drug categories. It includes drugs that inhibit pain by cutting off or dissociating the brain's perception of the pain. PCP and it's analogs are examples of Dissociative Anesthetics.
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