11.30.2011 - Women,Drugs,andAddiction 22:44...

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Women, Drugs, and Addiction 22:44 Many drugs fit in the food category. Focus on psychoactive drugs: affect mood, opinion, etc. What are other activities that can lead to an altered state of consciousness? -running, exercise, sex, meditation, skydiving There are changing norms regarding the regulation of drugs. Ex: we are now very restricted from using public locations to smoke tobacco, UMICH = a  smokefree campus. 20 years ago, it was totally normal to smoke in class, in dorm  rooms, etc.  In a very short period of time, the use of tobacco went from common/routine to being  very restricted.  These norms tell us a lot about where we are as a society at this particular moment.  Geological context? Where is the product coming from. Addiction vs. Use: -Addiction of brain reward motivation -characterized by impairment of behavioral control. Addiction in some individuals is  cumulative and can lead to death.  Tobacco is the most inaccessible of all the drugs, and it causes the most death. Drug use can lead to addiction, but they are not equal.  It used to not be common/acceptable for women to smoke cigarettes, but now it is fine 
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Cocaine vs. Crack Cocaine Cocaine = elite because it is expensive- wealthy people used it Crack cocaine= cheaper drug. Used by not as wealthy people.  Medical misuse= using it specifically to get high. Women as consumers- companies thought: “how can we get women to start smoking?”  associated liberty with smoking – (suffragettes walking with cigarettes, funded by  cigarette companies) -60s – 70s: figure out way to get women to really start smoking.
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