drug design - Chapter 1 Introduction 1. The Impact Drugs...

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Chapter 1 Introduction
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1. The Impact Drugs affect nearly everyone: -prescriptions -law enforcement -street drugs
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Facts Each year the U.S. spends $110 billion on law enforcement, medical bills and lost wages due to drugs. Thousands die each year. Nearly 80% of adults in jail have a history of drug or alcohol abuse. Illegal drug business comprises 8% of world trade.
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2. What is a drug? A) Media definition: Illegal drugs/Bad Can we really draw a line? -Ethyl alcohol -Dextrose
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Truly good drugs would be “effective without any toxic or unwanted side effects and easy to take.” How many qualify? NONE!
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B) General definition molecules used as medicines or as components in medicine to diagnose, cure, mitigate, treat or prevent disease Caffeine-stimulant Nicotine-calming effect Alcohol-depressant Snake venom-causes death Many drugs are actually poisons : -alcohol -penicillin -morphine
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Other drugs pesticides/herbicides food basil “Everything is a poison, nothing is a poison. It is the dose that makes the poison.”
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course CHEM 4332 taught by Professor Whitlock during the Spring '11 term at Georgia Southern University .

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