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  1. Drugs By: Nick Butts, Jack Carmusin, Mark Blauer, Charles Sporn

  2. What are drugs? • Drugs are chemicals that change the way a person's body works. • The types of drugs that average people are in everyday contact with are medicinal drugs, illegal drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.

  3. Medicinal Drugs • Medicines are legal drugs, meaning doctors are allowed to prescribe them for patients, stores can sell them, and people are allowed to buy them. • It is not legal, or safe, for people to use these medicines any way they want or to buy them from people who are selling them illegally.

  4. Cigarettes and Alcohol • Cigarettes and alcohol are two other kinds of legal drugs. (In the United States, adults 18 and older can buy cigarettes and those 21 and older can buy alcohol.) • Of course, these two things are very bad for your health and should not be done in excess.

  5. Illegal drugs • When people talk about a "drug problem," they usually mean abusing legal drugs or using illegal drugs. • These drugs include: marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, and LSD. • Illegal drugs can damage the brain, heart, and other important organs

  6. Consequences of illegal drug use • Illegal drugs -- such as heroin, marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine -- inflict serious damage upon America and its citizens every year. Accidents, crime, domestic violence, illness, lost opportunity, and reduced productivity are the direct consequences of substance abuse. • Illegal drugs cost our society approximately $110 billion each year. • Spreading of infectious diseases, Cost of drug abuse to workplace productivity, Homelessness

  7. Substance abuse • Substance abuse is characterized by the use of a mood- or behavior-altering substance in a maladaptive pattern resulting in significant impairment or distress. • Specific disorders are named for their etiology, such as alcohol abuse and anabolic steroid abuse. DSM-IV includes specific abuse disorders for alcohol, amphetamines or similar substances, cannabis, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, PCP or similar substances, and sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics.

  8. How to overcome substance abuse • Develop an Education Based Model • Provide Treatment on Demand • Teachers and Parents: Recognize the Symptoms • Alert Children to Negative Consequences

  9. Bibliography • Consequences of illegal drug use. (n.d.). Retrieved November 22, 2010, from • Koolbreeze, A. L., III. (2010, November 3). Ways to fight drug abuse. Retrieved      from • Research Library. (n.d.). Dorland's medical dictionary for healthcare consumers.      Retrieved from      cns_hl_dorlands_split.jsp?pg=/ppdocs/us/common/dorlands/dorland/one/      000000464.htm • What you need to know about drugs. (n.d.). Retrieved from      kid/grow/drugs_alcohol/know_drugs.html