Narcotics--6.10

Narcotics--6.10 - From `Alcohol, Alcoholism, and the...

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From ‘Alcohol, Alcoholism, and the Disease Concept’ lecture(s): Setting —where you do a drug Set —mindset; what you expect a drug to do to/for you o Outcomes may be different depending on what you expect. **She said that due to being slightly behind schedule, these were the only two additional concepts from the alcohol lectures that she wanted to go over. ‘Heroin, Other Narcotics, and Early Sociological Accounts of Addiction’ Basics o What are narcotics? Drugs that can produce stupors by depressing brain function. o How and why did they “evolve”? Opium was used in prehistoric times—the ancient Greeks recognized its pain-relieving properties. o What do they do to you? Suppress nervous system Put you in a stupor—reduced sensibility. o Are they more or less dangerous than other depressants (sedative-hypnotics—like alcohol, barbituates, and sleeping pills)? Why? More addictive, but harder to overdose on them. Chronic constipation—because they paralyze intestinal muscles. Alcohol chronic effects are harsher. Withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, but aren’t fatal. Alcohol withdrawals are much worse—convulsions and sometimes death. Narcotic Addiction
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This note was uploaded on 10/30/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 4465 taught by Professor Becker during the Summer '11 term at LSU.

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Narcotics--6.10 - From `Alcohol, Alcoholism, and the...

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