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Generation Rx_ College Educational Programming

With a classroom theme, we will talk through the misuse of prescription medications on college campuses. It includes activities, mythbusters, and even an honors course.
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Samantha Christie

on 7 August 2014

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Transcript of Generation Rx_ College Educational Programming

attention, and energy
Honors course: Film 101

Generation Rx

BRAINSTORM
ELEMENTS
copy and paste as needed and take advantage of an infinite canvas!
Drama 101
Neurophysiology 101
Pharmacology 101
Speech 101
GenRxD Degree
Core Requirements:
The term Generation Rx has been used to describe all of us in American society, because we use medications at unprecedented rates at every age and use medications in our normal daily lives.

Everyone at Butler is Generation Rx!
Welcome to Generation Rx University!
Please be sure you have completed your pre-test before class begins.


Your final exam will begin at the end of today's courses.


"Sharing isn't caring!"
... when it comes to prescription meds.

In Indiana colleges, Adderall and Xanax are among the most commonly abused substances.

It is likely that you will be given the opportunity to abuse a prescription medication in college. You may have already been given the opportunity.
Prescription drugs are not safer to abuse than illicit substances.

Who gave the best speech?
And the critics say...
Central Nervous System Depressants
Benzodiazepines
alprazolam (Xanax)
diazepam (Valium)
lorazepam (Ativan)
Hypnotics
zolpidem (Ambien)
eszopiclone (Lunesta)
Stimulants
Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta)
Dextroamphetamine (Adderall)
Methamphetamine (Desoxyn)
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
Honors course: Film 101

For those of you who appreciated the courses and would like to be briefly filmed, please come see us as soon as you finish your final exam so that we can begin this final course.

Thank you all for attending today!

VISIT US at:
blogs.butler.edu/generationrx
The Adderall Dilemma:
A two-part skit
4 volunteers needed
3 volunteers needed
Discussion on Scene 1:

Is cramming with the use of prescription stimulants something that Jamie will only do this once?

What ramifications could this approach to studying have for Jamie's future professional life?

Jamie claims to have never heard of anyone being addicted to Adderall. Do you think medicines like Adderall can be addictive?

Discussion on Scene 2:

What does it mean when something is a “controlled substance”?

At one point, Alex says “... it’s controlled, isn’t that super illegal?”
Is it really illegal to use a controlled substance without a legitimate prescription?
Limbic system
Emotions
Reward pathway
Key part of the brain

Neurons – nerve cells that transmit signals
Electrical signals
Chemical signals
Neurotransmitters

How the brain communicates

Functions of Major Neurotransmitters
Chemical Structure and Mechanism of Action
Molecular structure similar to dopamine and norepinephrine (and "meth")
How they work:
Increase concentration of dopamine and norepinephrine
Effects
When taken as prescribed, stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin can improve the symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention associated with ADHD
The facts:

By federal law, it is illegal to distribute or possess a controlled substance without a valid prescription.

Butler University, along with other colleges, has strict policies regarding controlled substances
Butler University sanctions:
dismissal
suspension
probation
restitution
suspension from university housing
parental notification (guaranteed if under 21)
financial aid loss
fines
imprisonment

The facts:

Adderall and other prescription stimulants are classified by the FDA as C-II substances because they have a high addiction potential.
Opioids
Oxycodone (Percocet, OxyContin)
Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco)
Morphine (MS Contin)
Codeine
Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone)
Fentanyl
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
Oxymorphone (Opana)
Meperidine
Methadone
Chemical Structure and
Mechanism of Action
Effects
Central Nervous System Depressants
"downers"
Benzodiazepines
Xanax (alprazolam)
Valium (diazepam)
Sleep Disorder Medications
Ambien (zolpidem)
Lunesta (eszopiclone)
Mechanism of Action
Effects
(that's you)
pain relief
"high"
pin-point pupils
constipation
slowed breathing
physical dependence
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Dopamine
Norepinephrine
increased alertness
increased heart rate
insomnia
stomach pain
lightheadedness
increased blood pressure
feeling jittery or nervous
lack of appetite
headache, dry mouth
irregular heart rate
chest pressure or pain
dangerously high body temperature
severe mood swings
paranoia
anxiety and excitability
cardiovascular failure, stoke, seizure
depression, suicide
How do they work?
Stimulate the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, resulting in inhibition of the pain pathway
How do they work?
Enhance the activity of GABA, the inhibitory neurotransmitter, resulting in relaxation and sedation
sedation
relaxation
impaired coordination
physical dependence
What chemical
(neurotransmitter)
is involved in nearly every drug with abuse potential?
Amphetamines
addiction

physical dependence

habituation

tolerance

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