Notes 2-15-08 - - - Narcotics o Narcotics are drugs that...

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- Narcotics o Narcotics are drugs that produce drowsiness, insensitivity to pain, and overall decreased responsiveness to environmental stimuli o Once the drug has been used up, the person begins to feel intense withdrawal and a need to use the drug again. o OxyContin Oxycodone (controlled-release) is the brand name for an opioid analgesic (pain reliever) It is available by prescription only and is used to treate moderate to severe pain when around the clock analgesic is needed for an extended period of time Oxycontin abusers remove the sustained-release coating to get a rapid release of the medication, causing a rush of euphoria similar to heroin Short term effects The most serious risk associated with opiods o Marijuana Not a stimulant Calming effect, but not like alcohol or tranquilizers Yes, sensory distortions, but not like LSD It has possible medical uses as a mild painkiller and nausea suppressant The use of marijuana in teenagers is directly related to the “perceived risk” involved with the drug It appears to impair learning and memory. The active ingredient in
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course PSYCH 2 taught by Professor Don'tremember during the Fall '04 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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Notes 2-15-08 - - - Narcotics o Narcotics are drugs that...

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