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Drugs . 7 th and 8 th grade health. Stimulants. Definition: drugs that speed up your nervous system Examples: caffeine, nicotine, amphetamines, speed, crack, cocaine. Effects of Stimulant Use. Heart beats faster than normal High blood pressure Very active Nervousness Trembling

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drugs

Drugs

7th and 8th grade health

stimulants
Stimulants
  • Definition: drugs that speed up your nervous system
  • Examples: caffeine, nicotine, amphetamines, speed, crack, cocaine
effects of stimulant use
Effects of Stimulant Use
  • Heart beats faster than normal
  • High blood pressure
  • Very active
  • Nervousness
  • Trembling
  • Restless
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Tense
  • Irritable
depressant drugs
Depressant Drugs
  • Definition: drugs that slow down the nervous system.
  • Examples: Alcohol, tranquilizers, barbiturates
effects of depressant use
Effects of Depressant Use
  • Slows down reaction time
  • Slows down breathing
  • Poor memory
  • Headache
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea and vomiting
narcotics
Narcotics
  • Definition: drugs that stop the brain from sensing pain. They also slow down brain activity.
  • Examples: codeine, morphine, heroin
effects of narcotic use
Effects of Narcotic Use
  • Drowsiness
  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Slows down brain activity and heart rate
hallucinogens
Hallucinogens
  • Definition: drugs that change the way a person senses things. People see things that are not real.
  • Examples: LSD, PCP, Certain kinds of mushrooms, ecstasy
effects of hallucinogens
Effects of Hallucinogens
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Withdrawal from people
  • Flashbacks- can happen hours or years after taking the drug
cannabis drugs
Cannabis Drugs
  • Definition: Drugs from the hemp plant known as Cannabis Sativa; active ingredient is Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC
  • Examples: Marijuana, hashish
effects of cannabis drugs
Effects of cannabis drugs
  • Disoriented behavior
  • Laziness
  • Poor concentration
  • Increased appetite
  • Altered sense of timing
  • Panic attacks
inhalants
Inhalants
  • Definition: household chemicals that people breathe in to get high
  • Examples: gas fumes, solvents
effects of inhalants
Effects of inhalants
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheaded
  • Giddiness
  • Impaired coordination
  • Headache
  • Distorts senses
  • Slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Rapid pulse
  • Disoriented
  • Unpredictable

Long term effects: damage to brain cells, liver, kidneys, organs, heart rhythm, hearing, vision, muscles

dear abby
Dear Abby,

I am very concerned about my friend Sue. She told me that she smoked weed with her older brother. First of all, what is weed? Is it legal? What are the effects? What should I do if she tries to ask me to try it with her? I am very upset and confused. Please tell me everything I need to know.

Your Friend,

Confused