Prescription Drugs pt2

Prescription Drugs pt2

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  • Yes, prescription drugs can effect the brain because they cause physical dependence that could lead to addiction. Medications that affect the brain can change the way it works—especially when they are taken over an extended period of time or with big doses. They can change the reward system, making it harder for a person to feel good without the drug and possibly leading to intense cravings, which make it hard to stop using
  • Great a joke *sarcasm*
  • Mrs. Rodriguez can I share a joke with the class.
  • Sure there's enough time before the bell rings.
  • In the brain, neurotransmitters such as dopamine send messages by attaching to receptors on nearby cells. Prescription opioid pain medications bind to molecules on cells known as opioid receptors—the same receptors that respond to heroin. The receptors are found on nerve cells in many areas of the brain and body, especially in brain areas involved in the perception of pain and pleasure. Prescription stimulants, have similar effects to cocaine, by causing a buildup of the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. Prescription depressants make a person feel calm and relaxed in the same manner as the club drugs.
  • I guess that is funny
  • A doctor is to give a speech at the local AMA dinner. He jots down notes for his speech. Unfortunately, when he stands in front of his colleagues later that night, he finds that he can't read his notes. So he asks, "Is there a pharmacist in the house?"
  • Very funny, but there goes the bell and we will continue this lesson next class period.
  • Brrriiiinnnng
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