Anti-Drug Awareness Poster

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  • What is addiction?    Addiction is the condition of being dependent to a particular substance, thing, or activity. 
  • People can become addicted to one of the Prescription Drug Abuse: Depressants
  • What is depressants?    Depressant is a drug that lowers vital activities
  • Types of prescriped depressants drug:  1. Barbiturates 2. Benzodiazepines 3. Sleep Medications
  • Depressants referred as: central nervous system (CNS) depressants or tranquilizers
  • Depressants drug use effect on the body: Short term- Result from single use  Long term- Results from an extended time  used
  • Long Term: 1. Addiction 2. Withdrawal 3. Seizures 4. Death
  • Short Term: 1. Slow reaction time 2. Drowsiness 3. Balance     problems 4. Sluggish     speech
  • Drug Statistics 1. Fewer than 50% become symptoms free 2. 90% experience side effects (mostly minor)
  • 3. 6.6% U.S adults population experienced major depressive disorder during preceding 12 months 4. $9.9 billion dollars are worth of antidepressants prescribed by doctors in 2009 ranking fourth highest in prescription drugs in the U.S
  • Dangers/Consequences of Use: 1. Family/Friends:          Relationship issue 2. Career: Difficult to obtain job 3. Legal ramifications:       Arrest, Fines 4. Future: Criminal record, Financial difficulties
  • Also known as: A-minus, Barbs, Candy, Downers, Phennies, Red Birds, Reds, Sleeping Pills, Tooies, Tranks, Yellows, Yellow Jackets, Yellows, and Zombie Pills
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