Illegal Drugs</li></li></ul><li>Alcohol<br /> Most common drug used by women<br /> Alcohol is consumed by 45 % of girls and women over the age of 12<br /> 15 % of those females are binge drinkers (5 or more drinks on one occasion)<br /> 3 % are heavier than binge drinkers<br />
Myth about alcohol<br />Alcohol is the least harmful of drugs<br />Alcohol has dangerous effects on:<br /><ul><li>Motor coordination
Higher risk of breast cancer</li></li></ul><li>Second Hand Smoke<br />Also causes lung and heart disease/cancer<br />Pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, and chronic ear infections in children<br />About 36,000 adults die every year due to exposure of second hand smoke<br />
Prescription Drugs<br />Pain relievers, sedatives, stimulants, and tranquilizers used in non-medical ways<br />About 3 percent of girls and women in the US ages 12 and older have used prescription drugs for non medical reasons in one noted month.<br />
Effects of prescription drugs<br /><ul><li> Harms memory and reasoning
Feelings of dullness, thought of suicide, and anxiousness</li></li></ul><li>One of the worst parts of prescription drugs<br />Withdrawal:<br />When trying to stop using prescription drugs one can feel:<br /><ul><li>Increased anxiety Weakness
Poor memory and concentration</li></li></ul><li>Illegal Drugs<br />6 percent of girls and women in the US in 2002 aged 12 and older used illegal drugs<br />Marijuana being the most common illegally used drug (4%)<br />About 1% were users of cocaine, ecstasy, heroine and other illegal drugs<br />
Effects of Illegal Drugs<br />Most common effects, although different for each drug include:<br /><ul><li>Depression
Severe dehydration</li></li></ul><li>Why people use drugs?<br />The promotion of the products<br />Peer pressure<br />Addictive effects of the drugs<br />
Finding Help<br />Self-help groups<br />Treatment<br />Managing withdrawal<br />Organizations such as:<br />Drug Policy Alliance<br />Americans for Non-Smokers<br />Seeking Safety<br />Community Connections<br />INWAT (International Network of Women Against Tobacco)<br />
Striking Perspectives<br />“…My doctor told me I had a smoker’s tumor, and therefore I’m dying. I’ve never smoked a day in my life.” -from secondhand smoke<br />“As far as I can see, you can’t count on a guy, because they are not always there, kids aren’t always there…cigarettes are always there.”<br />“My support group is my lifeline, my ‘family,’ and my foundation. No addict should go without this feeling of connectedness- it’s the biggest need of all.”- a woman in recovery<br />
Favorite Quote<br />“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self esteem.”-Kurt Cobain <br />
Discussion Question<br />If people know the effects of drugs, why do they do them?<br />Which plays a bigger role in the experimentation of drugs: Media or peer pressure?<br /> <br />
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