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substance abuse

Health class

Drug Chemical substance taken to cause changes in a person's body or behavior.
Depressant Drug that slows brain and body reactions.
Zero-Tolerance Policy Students face stiff consequences--including suspension--starting with the first time they are caught with alcohol or other drugs.
Medicine Legal drugs that help the body fight injury, illness, or disease.
Addiction/Dependence The brain develops a chemical need for the drug.
Physical Dependence The body needs a drug to function.
Psychological Dependence The user thinks they need a drug to function.
Withdrawal A group of symptoms that occur when a dependent person stops taking a drug.
Tolerance The effects of a drug become reduced.
Drug interactions Two drugs interact to produce greater or fewer effects than either drug would produce by itself.
Drug use Using drugs correctly for medical purposes.
Drug misuse Using drugs incorrectly
Drug abuse Using drugs for no medical reason.
Prescription Drugs Drugs that require a prescription from a doctor to obtain.
Over the Counter Drugs Drugs that are available to anyone at local pharmacies.
Gateway Drug Marijuana; A drug that leads the user to try out 'harder' drugs.
Analgesic Over the Counter Pain Reliever
Narcotics Prescription Pain Reliever
Reverse Tolerance When less and less of a drug produces the same effect.
Intoxication The state in which a person's mental and physical abilities are impaired by alcohol or another substance.
BAC/BAL Blood alcohol concentration/Blood alcohol level
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome A group of birth defects caused by the effects of alcohol on an unborn child.
Smokeless Tobacco Tobacco that is chewed, placed between the lower lip and teeth, or sniffed through the nose.
FDA Food and Drug Administration; Monitors and creates standards for all foods and drugs in the U.S.
Metabolism The chemical process by which your body breaks down food to release energy.
Sidestream Smoke Smoke that goes into the air directly from the cigarette.
Mainstream Smoke Smoke exhaled from the smoker's lungs.
Anabolic Steroids Artificial forms of the male hormone testosterone used to increase muscle size and strength.
Stimulants Drugs that increase the activity of the nervous system.
Club Drugs Drugs that gained popularity at dance clubs and parties.
Inhalants A breathable chemical vapor that produces mind-altering effects.
Hallucinogens Drugs that distort perception, thought, and mood.
Marijuana The leaves, stems, and flowering tops of the hemp plant.
Created by: sahpatel