Class Notes 12-3

Class Notes 12-3 - • Tendency to mix alcohol with other...

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Narcotics Selective depressants o Slow some but not all brain functions Strongly addictive o Produce strong tolerance o Need more and more of the drug Common Narcotics o Heroin o Morphine o Codeine o Methadone It’s a different drug that has effects like heroin Negative Effects of Heroin Extreme build up of tolerance Crimes to pay for drug habit High incidence of overdose However: o No negative effects on health due to the drug itself??? Sedatives General depressants o Calming effects on entire nervous system Physically addictive Most are legal o Alcohol o Tranquilizers o Barbiturates
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Negative Effects of Sedatives Puts others at risk o Accidents 40% of traffic accidents involve alcohol o Impairs judgment o Impairs problem-solving abilities o Lowers inhibitions 30% of crime involve alcohol by the offender Alcohol is a factor in about 2/3 of intimate partner violence Alcohol factor in most date rapes (victim and offender)
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Unformatted text preview: • Tendency to mix alcohol with other drugs—overdose Stimulants • Increase activity of the central nervous system • More rapid flow of thought • Suppress fatigue • Euphoria (high doses) • Legal and illegal: o Amphetamines o Cocaine o Crack o Nicotine Negative effects of Stimulants: • Convulsions, coma, cerebral hemorrhage, respiratory failure, death • Cocaine o Chronic use → Psychoses (Out of touch with reality) • Crack o Quickest addiction • Tobacco (Nicotine) o Lung disease (cancer & emphysema) o Heart disease and Stroke • Amphetamines o Accumulate in your body Depression & Suicide The drug most associated with violence Hallucinogens • Produce change in perceptions o Distortions in space and time • Idiosyncratic reactions o Depend on personality, emotional state o Can cause brain damage and psychoses • Not physically addictive...
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course SOCI 300 taught by Professor Detriche during the Spring '10 term at Texas A&M.

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