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					Drug Use, Abuse and
      Misuse
      Why      do people use drugs ?
                Enjoyment   - they enjoy the short-term effects
 Excitement  - risk taking
 As declaration of independence
 Adventure
 Boredom
 Drugs are easily available
 Altered feelings produced by drug interaction with brain
 chemistry
Drug Use, Abuse and Misuse cont.
   The Feelings From Drug Use
         Codeine and Morphine
         Alcohol
         Amphetamines
         LSD
Drug Use, Abuse and Misuse Cont.
   Drug Abuse

         The over use of prescribed drugs
         Use of illegal substances such as marijuana,
          cocaine or heroin
         Involves the repeated and excessive use of a drug
          to produce pleasure or escape reality despite its
          destructive effects
Drug Use, Abuse and Misuse Cont.
   Drug Misuse
           Use of any drug (legal or illegal) for a medical or
            recreational purpose when other alternatives are
            available.

           Drug misuse is the taking of a drug in damaging
            quantities or in quantities other than prescribed dosage.

           Misusing drugs can lead to physical dependency or
            psychological dependency.
Drug Use, Abuse and Misuse Cont.
   How do you know if you have a problem
    with drug misuse?
         continually increasing your dose to achieve the
          same effect.

         Feeling afraid to stop taking the drug.

         Experiencing withdrawal symptoms if you do stop
          taking it abruptly
Drug Use, Abuse and Misuse Cont.
   Drug Dependence


         Physical Dependence



         Psychosocial Dependence
Drug Use, Abuse and Misuse Cont.
   Common neurological effects of drug
    abuse

         Impaired memory and learning ability
         Poor concentration, confusion
         Panic attacks
         Impaired motor function
         Seizures
         Depression
Drug Use, Abuse and Misuse Cont.
   Common physical effects of drug abuse

         Changes in heart rate and blood pressure: slowed
          from depressants, elevated from other drugs
         Loss of appetite, abnormal weight loss
         Danger to heart, liver, kidneys
         Hormonal changes
         Chest pain, stomach cramps

				
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