Narcotics & Opiates Awareness for teens
Narcotic definition • “Narcotic” came from the greek word that translated to “stupor”
Practical uses of narcotics Narcotics are normally used as pain relievers in the medical industry
Friedrich Serturner was the first to isolate morphine from opium to be used as a painreliever
Narcotic Abuse Heroin and other Narcotics are very addictive. The users experience an intense euphoric high.
Heroin comes from a plant PapaverSamniforum
The active drug in heroin is opium. Opium is derived from the dried latex from the poppy
Opiate abuse was very high among Soldiers in Vietnam Soldiers used Heroin and Morphine to cope with The effects of war and Carried their addictions home
Can youGuess? The number of people that used heroin in the US in 2009?
195,000 (Levinthal p119)
Can youGuess? How many people used oxycontin (pain killer medication) for non-medical reasons?
510,000 (Levinthal p119)
Effects on the mind and body Male users will see a major decrease in sex drive since opiates decrease testosterone. Intense itching from the release of natural histamine into the bloodstream. Respiratory issues and trouble breathing. Blood pressure is also depressed
Withdrawal Symptoms • Agitation • Anxiety • Muscle aches • Increased tearing • Insomnia • Runny nose • Sweating • Yawning
Social Issues • Opiate abusers tend to lose friendships and relationships with family • They become introverts that rely on the drug to feel good • Users often lose their jobs and resort to theft to support their habit
Heroin is very dangerous • Users maintain a huge risk of overdose while they use heroin. Which can be deadly. Users don’t know exactly how much opium is in their drugs because they are cut with filer agents. So it is hard to find out how high of a dose is needed for a high
Treatment • There are numerous places to seek help for morpine abuse • Methadone is used by addicts to curb their cravings without opiates • http://www.soberforever.net/heroin-addiction-abuse-rehab-utah.cfm
Sources • “Drugs, behavior and modern society” by Charles Levinthal – Chapter 5 • http://geboren.am/person/Friedrich_Sertuerner • http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000949.htm • www.addictions.com • http://www.soberforever.net/heroin-addiction-abuse-rehab-utah.cfm