Unit 3: Substance Abuse

We’ve started our unit of Substance Abuse and in particular have been looking at Over the Counter Medications (OTCs) and Smoking.  As we go through this unit, keep in mind the following questions:

  1. Do we always need to take medication to cure common ailments?
  2. Why shouldn’t you take someone else’s prescribed medication?
  3. Do advertisements mislead the public with the truth about smoking?  How?
  4. If someone you care about smokes, how can you support them when they try to quit?
  5. Smoking tobacco doesn’t affect anyone but the user, why is this not true?
Take a look at the chapter from our textbook to help you out with this unit. 
Taken from Athreya, Balu H. Holt Decisions for Health: Level Blue. Orlando, FL: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2007. Print.

Answer the following questions from the textbook to help you review:
P. 397 (1-3)
P. 401 (1-6)
P. 405 (1-4)
Take a look at this chart that shows the different ways drugs can enter our bodies:
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The following power point has A LOT of information about medicines and allergies.  The slides below will help you focus your notes.
Slide 4: Every day medicines
Slide 7: Prescription versus OTCs
Slide 10-17: Drug Facts
Slide 18: Allergies
Slide 39: BTCs

Here are a few videos meant to help you think about substance abuse and how we use medicines today:
MEDIA MOMENT 1:  Cures for Common Ailments
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After watching this, do you think it is necessary for us to take medications for common ailments? Why or why not?
MEDIA MOMENT 2: Risks of Cough Syrup
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MEDIA MOMENT 3: Caffeine
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Check out this article about Energy Drink Consumption!  Did you know it can increase your risk of heart disease???
MEDIA MOMENT 4:  Dangers of Energy Drinks
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MEDIA MOMENT 5: Prescription Drugs
MEDIA MOMENT 6: Alternate PSA on Prescription Drug Addiction
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Take a look at the Cycle of Addiction to help you get a better understanding of how drugs can be misused and lead to addiction:
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