CCJS352 Study Guide Test 1
In discussing a drug use issue, you must consider who is using the drug,
what drug is being used, when and where the drug use is occurring, why
the person is using the drug, how the person is taking the drug, and how
much the drug is being used.
Three types of drug users: experimenters, compulsive users, floaters or
those compounds that alter consciousness and affect mood
Drugs are neither good or bad-The intent of drugs is for medical
When they are abused, they are considered bad.
Every drug has multiple effects- all psychoactive drugs act on more
than one place in the brain, so we might expect them to produce
complex psychological effects.
They also effect the rest f the
Effects depend on amount taken- at different dose levels, there is a
change in the kind of effect
Effect of drug depends on the taker’s history, frame of mind and
These are difficult to define because they are so widely used for many
any substance, natural or artificial, other than food, that by its
chemical nature alters the structure of function in the living organism
Any drug that is unlawful to possess or use
Deviant Drug Use-
drug use that is not common within a social group
and that is disapproved of by the majority, causing members of the
group to take corrective action when it occurs.
the use of prescribed drugs in greater amounts than, or
for purposes other than, those prescribed by a physician or dentist.
Using a drug in a way that was not intended by the manufacturer.
Examples- taking more drugs than prescribed, using OTC or
psychoactive drugs in excess w.o medical supervision, missing
drugs with alcohol or other types of drugs, using old medicines to
self treat new symptoms of an illness, discontinuing prescribed
drugs at will and/ or against physicians orders, administering
prescribed drugs to a family member without medical consultation
the use of a substance in a manner, amounts, or situations such
that the drug use causes problems or greatly increases the chances of
problems occurring and can lead to repetitive use.
The problems may
be social, occupational, psychological, or physical.
a controversial term that is imprecise