Drugs and Alcohol Chapter 2

Drugs and Alcohol Chapter 2 - Drugs and Alcohol Drugs as a...

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Drugs and Alcohol Drugs as a Social Problem
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History 1800’s Laissez-Faire Let do it if they want to 21 st Century Hundreds of drugs considered illegal 12 billion on controlling drugs annually 1.5 million arrests annually
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Public Interest Three main concerns Toxicity Dependence Crime
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Toxicity Drugs are poisonous or deadly Physical (Physiological) Toxicity Direct, damaging effects on one’s body Behavioral Toxicity Indirect effects on one’s behavior Disorientation making behavior dangerous Driving Swimming Crime Sexual activity
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Toxicity as a Social Problem Emergency Room visits Increased health and auto insurance rates Lost productivity Law enforcement cost
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Toxicity: Acute vs Chronic Acute Immediate, short term affects Depends on having the drug in the body Chronic Long term affects Drug does not have to be present at the time Usually requires repeated usage
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A Look at Toxicity Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)
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