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substances

substances vocab

TermDefinition
Drug any substance other than food that changes the structure or function of the body.
medicine a substance either prescription or OTC that changes the structure or function of the body; prevents diseases.
addiction/dependence addiction: the drinker no longer has control over his or her drinking. Dependence: the brain develops a chemical need for alcohol and cannot function without it.
withdrawl a group of symptoms that occur when a dependent person stops taking a drug.
tolerance with repeated use of alcohol, its effect in the brain become reduced, the body has developed tolerance to alcohol.
drug interactions synergistic: occurs when drugs interact to produce effects greater than those that each drug would produce alone. antagonistic: occurs when each drugs effect is canceled out or reduced by the other.
drug use using drugs correctly for medical purposes.
drug misuse the improper use of medicines either prescription or over the counter drugs.
drug abuse when drug is intentionally used improperly or unsafely.
prescription drugs a drug that can be obtained only with a written order from a doctor and can be purchased only at pharmacy.
OTC drugs a medicine that is sold legally in pharmacies and other stores without a doctors prescription.
stimulants are drugs that increase the activity of the nervous system.
depressants drug that slows brain and body reactions.
hallucinogens is a drug that distorts perception, thought, and mood.
club drugs gained popularity at dance clubs and raves.
inhalants a breathable chemical vapor that produces mind-altering effects.
steriods to increase size and strength.
marijuana is leaves stems and flowering tops of the hemp plant, cannabis saliva.
gateway drug used to describe marijuana
analgesic a pain reliever
Created by: marpetrovic