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Ch 13: Opioids

About This Chapter

Use these lessons to examine opioid use and its impact on the body and mind of the user. The quizzes at the end of each lesson can help you assess your knowledge of the material covered.

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

VideoObjective
Opioids: History & TypesDescribe the origins of opium and related drugs. Name types of opioids.
Effects of Narcotic Drugs on the Mind & BodyList some effects of narcotics.
The Neurochemical Basis for Opiate EffectsExplain the physiological reasons why narcotics have the effect they do.
Patterns & Lethality of Heroin AbuseExplore common patterns of heroin use, including overdoses.
Signs & Symptoms of Opioid DependenceName signs of drug addiction.
Heroin Abuse Prevention & Treatment ProgramsAnalyze programs for heroin abuse and treatment.
Medical Uses of OpioidsCite therapeutic uses for opioids.
Misuse or Abuse of Prescription Pain RelieversLook at current trends in misusing prescription pain relievers, and name some types that are commonly abused.

8 Lessons in Chapter 13: Opioids
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Opioids: History & Types

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.

Effects of Narcotic Drugs on the Mind & Body

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.

The Neurochemical Basis for Opiate Effects

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.

Patterns & Lethality of Heroin Abuse

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.

Signs & Symptoms of Opioid Dependence

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.

Heroin Abuse Prevention & Treatment Programs

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.

Medical Uses of Opioids

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.

Misuse or Abuse of Prescription Pain Relievers

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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