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  • Career of a Forensic Nurse What are the effects of illegal drugs on teens? By: Ashley Spoon D/Reading 12/6/11
  • What Are Drugs?
    • A drug is any substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease in humans or other animals
    • “ You can turn your back on a person, but never turn your back on a drug, especially when its waving a razor sharp hunting knife in your eye”
  • What Types of Drugs Are There?
    • Inhalants
    • Marijuana
    • MDMA/Ecstasy
    • Tobacco
    • Over the counter drugs
    • Depressants
    • Heroin
  • Why Do Teens Use Drugs?
    • Popularity
      • Many teens turn to drugs due to peer pressure
      • To feel better physically
      • To address feelings of depression
      • To escape the pressures of school, family, and relationships
      • To feel euphoric
  • What are Long Term Effects of Drug Use?
    • Adversely effects your health
    • Alters user’s behavior and mental condition
    • Impedes development in school
    • Can lead to addiction
    • Is stressful and unhealthy for drug user’s family members, friends and loved ones
  • Are There Any Diseases Associated With Drug Use?
    • Heart disease
    • Liver damage
    • Brain disease
    • Respiratory illnesses
    • Birth defects
    • Psychological disorders
  • Do All Drugs Effect Your Health?
    • Irresponsible use of drugs, legal or illegal, can adversely effect your body
    • Medicines, over-the-counter and prescription, can boost your health and be beneficial when used as directed
  • Career- Forensic Nurse
      • Forensic nurses deal with crime scene investigative (CSI) matters involving illegal activities such as underage drinking and driving while under the influence, and illegal drug use.
      • Pay range is $26 - $100 per hour
      • The future demand for this career is approximately 30% growth over the next decade
      • With experience, early advancement opportunities are promising
      • Related careers include physicians, nurses, and crime scene investigation
  • High School Career Academies
    • I will attend Atholton High School
    • I chose to research the Academy of Emergency Medical Technicians
    • I selected this academy because it deals with medical treatment and first response to crime scene situations, relating closely to my forensic nursing career choice
  • University of Maryland
    • Located in College Park, Maryland
    • Annual Tuition is approximately $7,500
    • Program requires the completion of 59 prerequisite credits in social and behavioral sciences, the natural and physical sciences, and the arts and humanities before beginning upper-level BSN coursework.
    • The nursing school enrolls more than 1700 students and is ranked #11 by U.S. News & World Reports.
  • Community Service
    • Volunteered for the Leukemia Society
    • Performed as the Youth Educator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
    • Served as Volunteer Group Leader for the Baltimore Community Project
    • Aided the Ronald McDonald House of Charities in Baltimore, MD
    • I chose to give my time to these charities because I have empathy and compassion for others, and I’m committed to the well-being of all people.
  • Prior Job Experience
    • Preformed the duties of a Sexual Assault Examiner, Howard County Police Dept.
    • Assisted the Senior Lab Technician, Johns Hopkins Medical Center
    • Interned as Lead Lab Assistant, Howard County Medical Examiner’s Office
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