Illegal Drug Use

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In the first part of this assignment, we had to visit a website that has a quiz on Illegal Drug Use.

I took the quiz, and I gladly got 90%! I only missed one question, which really makes me feel confident about the information I am pertaining from this course.

This first question was about narcotics, which are a group of drugs that slow down body functions, such as breathing and heart rate.

They are often prescribed by physicians as analgesics, which relieve pain. Narcotics are also used to suppress coughs and control diarrhea.

Due to their power, narcotics should only be used with the supervision of a physician. We have not talked a lot about steroids, but the second question in this quiz explained steroids well.

The third question was about cocaine, which is one of the drugs that we have encountered many times already.

As for Methylphenidate, I don’t remember reading about it in the book, but I have read somewhere before about the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), that’s how I was able to get the right answer from this question. The rest of the questions were pretty well known for us, because we have been exposed to the material before.

The last question though is the question I missed. I don’t know if I have missed this information, or if we didn’t learn it yet.

The question was about benzodiazepine, a drug used to treat anxiety problem.

Benzodiazepines are often prescribed to treat anxiety.

They are commonly known as tranquilizers. Benzodiazepines are dangerous unless used under medical supervision. An illegal form of this drug is the “date rape drug,” flunitrazapam. We have learned about the “date rape drug” but I didn’t know that it is just an illegal form of Benzodiazepine.

As for the second part of this assignment, I have to admit that I was clueless on this issue.

I would know how to react to save a person in a drug-related emergency. I may be able to act appropriately if it was a general medical emergency, and might perform some CPR, but when it comes to drug-related emergencies, I never learned how to behave appropriately.

The article divided the types of emergencies into two categories: if someone is drowsy or unconscious and if someone is getting panicky.

For example, if someone is drowsy or unconscious I have to make sure he/she has plenty of fresh and cool air and don’t frighten or startle them in anyway. Also, there was a very interesting advise that says don’t through water over them.

I honestly don’t understand the reason behind that, which makes me want to learn some first aid especially for drug related emergencies.

This website was very interesting, but I felt like I needed to learn more about this issue, so I researched some websites on the internet to see if I could find a related website. I finally got around this link:

http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.asp?Id=1484 I feel that it is very helpful because it has symptoms of overdose, in case we were around such incidents, we can identify them and act accordingly.

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