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Opioids - Chapter Summary and Objectives
Opioids, in the form of heroin or prescription pain relievers, can be highly addictive. The lessons in this chapter examine types of narcotics and their mental and physical effects. You will learn about medical uses for opioids, but also get facts on the signs of opioid abuse and how it can be treated. The quizzes that accompany each lesson let you gauge what you've learned. These videos offer information on:
- Types of opium-derived drugs
- The neurochemistry behind opiate effects
- Patterns of heroin abuse and its potential for death
- Symptoms of opioid abuse
- Treatment for heroin abuse
- Abuse of prescription pain killers
|Opioids: History & Types||Describe the origins of opium and related drugs. Name types of opioids.|
|Effects of Narcotic Drugs on the Mind & Body||List some effects of narcotics.|
|The Neurochemical Basis for Opiate Effects||Explain the physiological reasons why narcotics have the effect they do.|
|Patterns & Lethality of Heroin Abuse||Explore common patterns of heroin use, including overdoses.|
|Signs & Symptoms of Opioid Dependence||Name signs of drug addiction.|
|Heroin Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs||Analyze programs for heroin abuse and treatment.|
|Medical Uses of Opioids||Cite therapeutic uses for opioids.|
|Misuse or Abuse of Prescription Pain Relievers||Look at current trends in misusing prescription pain relievers, and name some types that are commonly abused.|
1. Opioids: History & Types
Opioids are opium-like drugs. Opium has been used since ancient times. Today's opioids include various narcotic pain medicines. This lesson looks at the history and the different types of opioids.
2. Effects of Narcotic Drugs on the Mind & Body
Narcotics are pain relieving drugs that work by affecting the user's brain in a particular way. This lesson explains the effects of narcotic drugs on a user's mind and body.
3. The Neurochemical Basis for Opiate Effects
Opiates block pain signals to the user's brain while also stimulating pleasure signals. Opiates accomplish this by affecting neurotransmitters. This lesson explains the neurochemical basis for opiate effects.
4. Patterns & Lethality of Heroin Abuse
Heroin is a powerfully addictive street drug that can be administered in several different ways. It's known as one of the most lethal drugs. This lesson discusses the patterns of heroin abuse and its potential lethality.
5. Signs & Symptoms of Opioid Dependence
Opioid drugs are narcotic pain relievers that suppress pain while increasing feelings of pleasure. For this reason, they can be highly addictive. This lesson discusses the signs and symptoms of opioid dependence.
6. Heroin Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs
Heroin was originally developed as a pain relieving medicine, but was found to be highly addictive. Its use is now illegal. This lesson looks at heroin abuse prevention and treatment programs.
7. Medical Uses of Opioids
Opioid drugs are narcotic pain relievers. They are drugs that help block pain messages in the user's brain. This lesson discusses the use of opioids and other opiate-like drugs for medical purposes.
8. Misuse or Abuse of Prescription Pain Relievers
As the number of prescriptions for narcotic pain relievers has increased in the U.S., so has the number of people misusing or abusing those medications. This lesson examines the misuse and abuse of prescription pain relief medications.
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Other chapters within the Health 102: Substance Abuse course
- Introduction to Substance Abuse
- Tobacco & Nicotine
- Psychomotor Stimulants
- Anti-anxiety & Sedative Hypnotics
- Antipsychotic Drugs, Antidepressants & Mood Stabilizers
- Lesser Known Drugs that Are Abused
- Pharmacological & Neurophysiological Principles
- Classification of Drugs
- Inhaled Substances
- Anabolic Steroids
- Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs