Section 17.1. Legal and Illegal Drugs. Objectives. Define drug abuse and distinguish it from both appropriate use and misuse. Describe how psychoactive drugs affect the brain. Summarize the risks of drug abuse.
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Legal and Illegal Drugs
Define drug abuse and distinguish it from both appropriate use and misuse.
Describe how psychoactive drugs affect the brain.
Summarize the risks of drug abuse.
Fact Medicines can be just as dangerous as “street drugs” if they are used inappropriately.
What other myths do teens believe about drugs? Write down some statements you have heard from your peers. Which ones do you think are true? Which are false?
Myth Medicines from a drugstore can’t harm you.
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Drug abusers risk
A legal drug that helps the body fight injury, illness, or disease.
A medicine that is sold legally in pharmacies and other stores without a doctor’s prescription.
A drug that can be obtained only with a written order from a doctor and can be purchased only at a pharmacy.
A chemical substance that people of any age may not lawfully manufacture, possess, buy, or sell.
The improper use of medicines—either prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
The intentional improper or unsafe use of a drug.
A chemical that affects brain activity; also known as a “mood-altering” drug.
An unwanted physical or mental effect caused by a drug.
A condition that occurs when one drug’s effect is canceled out or reduced by another.
A condition that occurs when drugs interact to produce effects greater than those that each drug would produce alone.
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