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Health Unit 3 Vocab~

Unit 3 Health Vocab

Drug any substance that causes a change in a person’s physical or psychological state
Medicine any drug used to cure, prevent, or treat illness or discomfort
Side effect any effect that is caused by a drug and that is different from the drug’s intended effect
Prescription a written order from a doctor for a specific medicine
Over-the-counter-medicine (OTC) any medicine that can be brought without a prescription
drugs of abuse drugs that people take for mind-altering effects that have no medical purpose
Psychoactive describes a drug or medicine that affects the brain and changes how a person perceives, thinks, or feels
Generic medicine a medicine made by a company other than the company that developed the original medicine
active ingredient the chemical component that gives a medicine its action
drug interaction when a drug reacts with another drug, food, or dietary supplement such that the effect of one of the substances is greater or smaller
addiction condition in which a person can no longer control his/her drug use
drug tolerance a condition in which a user needs more of a drug to feel the same effect felt when first using the drug
physical dependence a state in which the body relies on a given drug in order to function
Psychological dependence a state of emotionally or mentally needing a drug in order to function
Withdrawal uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms produced when a physically dependent drug user stops using drugs
drug abuse the intentional improper or unsafe use of a drug
overdose -the taking of too much of a drug, which causes sickness, loss of consciousness, permanent damage, or even death
Marijuana the dried flowers and leaves of the plant Cannabis sativa tat are smoked or mixed in food and eaten for intoxicating effects
Inhalant a drug that is inhaled as a vapor
club drug (designer) a drug made to closely resemble a common illegal drug in chemical structure and effect
Anabolic steroid a synthetic version of the male hormone testosterone that is used to promote muscle development.
Stimulant a drug that temporarily increases a person’s energy and alertness
Depressant a drug that causes relaxation and sleepiness
Opiates a group of highly addictive drugs derived from the poppy plant that are used as pain relievers, anesthetics, and sedatives.
Hallucinogen a drug that distorts perceptions, causing the user to see or hear things that are not real
Neonatal abstinence syndrome- drug withdrawal that occurs in newborn infants whose mothers were frequent drug users during pregnancy
Recovering the process of learning to live without drugs
Intervention confronting a drug user about his/her drug abuse problem to stop him/her from using drugs
Relapse a return to using drugs while trying to recover from drug addiction
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