Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month:
- Binge Drinking- when men consumes 5 or more drinks or women consumes 4 or more drinks in about 2 hours.
- Blood Alcohol Levels- The metric used to measure the amount of alcohol in a person’s bloodstream is called blood alcohol concentration, or BAC. A person’s lover can process about one standard drink an hour.
- Alcohol Facts- 90% of Americans with a substance abuse problem started smoking, drinking, or using other drugs before age 18
- Marijuana- directly affects the brain- specifically the parts of the brain responsible for memory, learning, attention, decision making, coordination, emotions, and reaction time.
- Ecstasy- a synthetic drug that alters mood and perception (awareness of surrounding objects and conditions)
- LSD- (D-lysergic acid diethylamide) is the most common hallucinogen, a group of drugs that alter awareness of perception, thoughts, and feelings.
- K2 Spice- Synthetic cannabinoids are human-made mind altering chemicals that are either sprayed on, dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices
- Methamphetamine- a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system
- PCP- Phencyclidine, A “dissociative” anesthetic.
- Bath Salts- Synthetic cathinone products
- Prescription Drugs- Opioids are medications that are chemically similar to endorphins- opioids that our body makes naturally to relieve pain.
- Talking to your children/youth about drugs- Parents who are educated about the effects of drug use and learn the facts can give their kids correct information and clear up any misconceptions.