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Women & drugs

  1. 1. Women<br />&<br />Drugs<br />KaitlynnDeLisle<br />Chapter 3<br />June 20, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Drugs used by women<br /><ul><li>Alcohol
  3. 3. Tobacco
  4. 4. Prescription Drugs
  5. 5. 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 />
  6. 6. Myth about alcohol<br />Alcohol is the least harmful of drugs<br />Alcohol has dangerous effects on:<br /><ul><li>Motor coordination
  7. 7. Judgment
  8. 8. Emotional control
  9. 9. Reasoning
  10. 10. Increased risk of accidents and injuries </li></li></ul><li>More effects of alcohol<br /><ul><li>Disruption of menstrual cycle
  11. 11. risk of mouth and liver cancers, depression, strokes, and cirrhosis of the liver
  12. 12. High blood pressure
  13. 13. risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer and ulcers</li></li></ul><li>Tobacco<br />About 21 % of women smoke<br />Facts:<br /><ul><li>About 178,000 US women die fro smoking related diseases every year
  14. 14. Smokers are twice as likely to have heart attacks and strokes
  15. 15. Smoking causes about 90% of all lung cancer deaths in women
  16. 16. Women who smoke may have difficulty becoming pregnant
  17. 17. Higher risk of osteoporosis
  18. 18. 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 />
  19. 19. 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 />
  20. 20. Effects of prescription drugs<br /><ul><li> Harms memory and reasoning
  21. 21. Disrupts balance and coordination
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. Tremors Panic attacks
  24. 24. Heart palpitations Flu-like symptoms
  25. 25. Sweating Hypersensitivity to light
  26. 26. Nausea Depression
  27. 27. Indigestion Restlessness
  28. 28. Body pain Dizziness
  29. 29. 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 />
  30. 30. Effects of Illegal Drugs<br />Most common effects, although different for each drug include:<br /><ul><li>Depression
  31. 31. Mood swings
  32. 32. Paranoia
  33. 33. Anxiety
  34. 34. Impairment in mental function and memory
  35. 35. Liver malfunction
  36. 36. 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 />
  37. 37. 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 />
  38. 38. 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 />
  39. 39. 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 />
  40. 40. 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 />