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Module 25

AP Psych Drugs

TermDefinition
psychoactive drug a chemical substance that alters perceptions and mood
substance use disorder disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of legal or illegal drugs or medications
tolerance with repeated exposure to a drug, the drugs effect lessens. Thus it takes bigger doses to get the desired effects.
withdrawal upon stop taking a drug (after addiction) users may experience undesirable effects
depressants drugs that reduce neural activity and slow body functions
alcohol use disorder chronic disease characterized by uncontrolled drinking and preoccupation with alcohol
barbiturates drugs that mimic the affects of alcohol, depress CNS activity and in larger doses, can lead to impaired memory and judgment
opiates opium and it's derivatives depress neural activity, temporarily lessening pain and anxiety they are highly addictive
stimulants drugs that excite neural activity and speed up body functions to provide energy
nicotine stimulant, arousal and relaxation, sense of well being, heart disease, cancer
cocaine when inhaled or snorted reaches the brain within minuets producing intense euphoria, mental alertness and self confidence which lasts for several minuets
amphetamines suppress appetite, increase concentration and reduce fatigue. Can increase anxiety and irritability as well
methamphetamine illegal drug manufactured in street labs that is either injected or smoked
ecstasy stimulant and hallucinogen popular club drug
hallucinogens psychedelic drugs that distort perceptions and evoke sensory images in the absence of sensory input
near-death experience profound personal experience associated with death or impending death which researchers claim share similar characteristics
LSD one of the most powerful drugs, trip lasts 6-14 hours
THC ingredient that produces the high remains in the body long after use
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