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  • Ben has a flashback to Ms. Rachael's health class...
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  • Drugs: How to Say No!
  • Today, guys, we are going to talk about the effects of drugs on your body
  • Heroin: Dependence, Tolerance,  Symptoms, and What Happens After
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  • The human body naturally produces its own opiate-like substances and uses them as neurotransmitters. Natural, endogenous opioids modulate reactions to things like painful stimuli, and exogenous opiates, like heroin, bind to the same receptors as endogenous opioids, affecting us very powerfully.
  • Drugs: How to Say No!
  • Heroin: Dependence, Tolerance,  Symptoms, and What Happens After
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  • When the opioids bind to the opiate-specific receptors in the brain, your mood elevates and pain reduces. The body is then flooded with opioids, leading to high levels of dopamine. 
  • Ms. Rachael goes on to talk about tolerance and dependence regarding heroin...
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  • After being exposed to opioids with constant, elevated amounts of dopamine, you will build a tolerance to heroin. Your pain thresholds will be lowered, and sensitivity to pain signaling is amplified. After heroin use, pain signaling pathways become overactive. This is why you crave more heroin to feel normal.
  • Ms. Rachael talks about the symptoms of heroin use:
  • Uh oh, everything that Matt has!
  • Slow breathing
  • Tiny pupils
  • Sleepy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Flushed skin
  • If I get addicted, then I would need some treatment...
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