Components:1. What are drugs?2. What are the classifications of drugs?3. What are the uses of drugs?4. When are drugs harmful and beneficial?5. What are illegal drugs?6. What are the reasons why people use illegal drugs?7. Drug issues in the society8. Policies in Thailand about Drug Abuse and Prevention
Introduction• Humans have used drugs of one sort or another for thousands of years -wine was used at least from the time of the early Egyptians -narcotics from 4000 BC -medicinal use of marijuana has been dated to 2737BC in China
Drug Education• Teaching and communicating to help people avoid harm caused by the abuse of various drugs.
Drug• Any substance (other than food) that alters structure or function in living organisms• A substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of a disease or as a component of a medication.
Difference between drugs and medicines From chemistry point of view, there is nodistinction between the terms drugs andmedicines, i.e., all drugs are medicines and allmedicines are drugs. However, our society andlaw make a clear-cut distinction between thesetwo terms as follow:A medicine is a chemical substance which curesthe disease, is safe to use, has negligible toxicityand does not addiction. In contrast, a drug is achemical substance which also cures thedisease but is habit forming, causes addictionand has serious side effects.
1. Stimulants Stimulants are drugs that stimulate the Central Nervous System. These substances tend to increase alertness and physical activity. They include Amphetamines, Cocaine, Crack and some inhalants like Amyl or Butyl Nitrites. Caffeine (present in tea, coffee and many soft drinks) is also a mild stimulant drug.
2. Depressants These are substances that slow down or depress the Central Nervous System. Depressant drugs include alcohol, barbiturates and tranquillizers. Its worth remembering that, although alcohol is a legal drug and can be purchased by any person over 18 years old, it can be a dangerous drug, particularly when abused.
3. Analgesics Analgesics are substances that provides relief from pain. Mild analgesics, such as the many brand-named preparations of aspirin or paracetamol, are relatively harmless.
4. Hallucinogens Hallucinogens - or psychedelics - are drugs that affect a persons perception of sights, sounds, touch, smell etc. Some of the stronger hallucinogenic can exert a powerful effect on a drug users thinking and self-awareness.
5. Alcohol Alcohol is the common name for ethyl alcohol. Its a Central Nervous System depressant and is one of the most widely used (and abused) drugs in our society.
6. AmphetaminesAmphetamine, dextroamphetamine, and methamphetamine are collectively referred to as amphetamines. Their chemical properties and actions are very similar. These drugs stimulate the central nervous system - that is, they increase activity in the brain.
7. Barbiturates Barbiturates are central nervous system depressants. They act in a similar manner to alcohol and slow down many areas of the brain. Drugs of this class are known as sedative/hypnotics, in that they can be used as sedatives to calm people and also (at higher doses) as hypnotics to assist sleep.
8. CannabisCannabis is a Central Nervous System depressant obtained from the plant Cannabis sativa, which grows in many parts of the world. It is available for use as a drug in three main forms: as the dried leaves and buds, known as grass or marijuana, as a solid resin (hashish or hash) which is collected from the buds and flower heads, and also as a thick liquid prepared from the flowers or resin (hash oil).
9. Cocaine Cocaine is a powerful Central Nervous System stimulant.
10. Ecstasy Ecstasy is an hallucinogenic stimulant. It is a man-made drug with both hallucinogenic and amphetamine-like properties. The chemical name for ecstasy is 3,4 Methylenedioxymethylamphetamine - or MDMA in short form. Its chemically similar to two other synthetic drugs, MDA and methamphetamine.