Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Education. Stephen A. Landers, M.D. 2009 Circle Ten University of Scouting. Second Class Scout Requirement 8a States:.
Stephen A. Landers, M.D.
2009 Circle Ten University of Scouting
“Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family.”
Drugs are chemicals that tap into the brain’s communication system and disrupt the way nerve cells normally send, receive, and process information.
1. Imitate the brain’s natural chemical messengers.
(examples: marijuana and heroin)
2. Over stimulate the “reward circuit” of the brain.
(examples: cocaine and methamphetamine)
No single factor can predict whether or not a person will become addicted to drugs.
Risks for addiction is influenced by a person’s:
4.1 million deaths from cancer
5.5 million deaths from cardiovascular disease
2.1 million deaths from respiratory disease
94,000 infant deaths related to mothers smoking
Anabolic effect promotes muscle building
Androgenic effects are responsible for male traits
baldness and acne liver abnormalities & tumors
prominent breasts increase in LDL cholesterol
shrunken testicles aggressive behavior and rage
higher voices in males depression
infertility drug dependence
12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer
5-ounce glass of wine
1 ½ -ounce of 80 proof distilled spirits
Alcohol is alcohol.
A drink is a drink.