Ch. 11 Medicines and Drugs. Vocabulary. Drugs – substances other than food that change the structure or function of the body or mind Medicines – drugs that are used to treat or prevent diseases and other conditions.
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Common vaccines are given today to protect you from communicable diseases (those that can spread), such as diptheria, whooping cough, measles, mumps, etc. These vaccines cause the immune system to cause antibodies and provide long-lasting protection.
An illegal narcotic that is made from morphine. It is the most commonly abused narcotic and is highly addictive. Because drugs users often share dirty needles, users of heroin and other injected drugs are at an increased risk of contracting HIV.