“The average age for first time drug use is 13 ½ years old,” according to an article in the Boston Globe, “Parents Clueless About Kid’s Prescription Drug Abuse, State Survey Finds”.(2011) This is a shocking statistic. Children are often educated through schools, parents and media on the risks of drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamines and other popularized substances. However, prescription drugs are commonly left unnoticed. “Parents are often providing prescription drugs to their kids in an improper and dangerous manner,” said Steve Pasierb (2011), president and CEO of the The Partnership at Drugfree.org. “More than ¼ of parents reported taking prescription drugs not prescribed to them. Also, nearly 1/3 of all homes have unused prescription medications not being thrown away because they believe there may be a need for them in the future.” With prescription drugs so easily accessible to teens, experimentation with drug use is made easier. Many teenagers share these drugs, not knowing the risks, with friends. “In Massachusetts,” according to Pasierb (2011), “more people die from fatal overdoses of prescription drugs than from car accidents. An average of 12 state residents dies each week from overdoses associated with opiod pain killers.” The first step in decreasing these alarming statistics can be done in the home. Parents and Grandparents need to take several precautions when keeping prescriptions in the home. Locking up medications and alcohol will deter the average teenager. It is also important to educate children early on the risks of prescription drugs. Ch. 10 in the text describes drug use among teenagers.(Berger, 2011) Cognitive immaturity (Ch 9), hormonal urges and the enjoyment of doing something forbidden is often what attracts adolescents to drug experimentation. The change in moods and bodily sensations creates an illusion of self-control and excitement. For teenagers, their bodies and brains push them toward the seduction of physical thrills. Prescription drugs are easily obtainable. The legalities associated with prescription drugs are another enticing reinforcement. These are drugs that are legal and children see their parents taking them. In the United States, “10% of high school seniors reported using Vicodin and 5% have used OxyContin.” (p.375) Initial drug use can lead to future use with the possibility of addiction. Experimentation with easily obtained drugs often begins as occasional use among friends and harbors the belief that this use is not harmful. Addiction may present itself without intention. Car accidents, unsafe sex and parasuicide are also associated with such experimentation. Both the text and the article present a common yet over-looked factor in American teenage drug use. As a teenager, I can remember the first time my friends and I experimented with drugs.…
Drugs and Addiction
Drugs have many effects on the body and mind. People use drugs for various reasons nowadays; some are prescribed, but what about the people that use not prescribed? How do they get them? Many people that use these drugs find themselves doing almost anything to get them; there have even been some college students that get doctors and therapists to give medications without much examination.
There are many drugs a person can get addicted to from prescription drugs to more…
5 May 2013
U.S. Drug Policy
There has been much controversy over the United States current drug policy. With new studies showing that some current illegal drugs actually have medical benefits, there has been a sudden outcry from the public on drug legalization. There are certain questions regarding the drug policy that I felt most relevant to this policy issue today in the following paragraphs. I have given the two opposing views of each question.
The war on drugs in the United States has…
Psych. 100 Term Paper Guideline
During the course of the semester, you will be writing two papers. For both of them, your assignment is to read an assigned reading from Forty Studies that Changed Psychology, and write a response paper based on that reading.
In each half of the semester, you will be given a list of three readings. All readings are from the Forty Studies book and the topics are related to the lecture and textbook materials at that time. You task is to choose one out of the three…
9 March 2015
Mini Unit: Dreams
1. In all of the dreams, the theme is abandonment, because she is deserted by her friends and left alone, stood up by her mother on prom night, left by her favorite teacher Mr. Stevens, and scared by her older self. It relates to her life in that she has no male friends, that she lives with her mother but not her father, and that she likes to be the center of attention.
2.Displacement happens in dreams #1 and 3, Mr. Steven and her friends…
The Use and Abuse of Drugs
What is a drug?
A drug can be any substance/chemical you take that effects the way your body works and what it does. A drug will pass from your body into your brain. When drugs are inside your brain, they can change the messages brain cells are sending to each other or/and to the rest of your body. They do this by interfering and therefore changing the brains chemical signals. These are neurotransmitters that transfer signals across synapses.
Drugs are illegal and dangerous items. As a suggestion, do not get conned into carrying drugs for others, whether as personal favors or for profit. The risks far outweigh the possibility of getting away with it. In addition, if an individual is bringing prescription drugs, he should play it safe and bring the prescription for those drugs. He needs to bring any drugs which have been prescribed by the doctor, he must also bring evidence of the type of drug he is using. Otherwise, drugs will be confiscated…
story about a loving father who uncovers the truth about prescription drugs and his daughters death. Vanessa had been taking a drug called Prepulsid to help her digest. She had been vomiting after meals and this FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approved drug made by Johnson and Johnson was supposed to help her. Terence Young, the author of Death by Prescription and the father of Vanessa, researched night and day about this drug Prepulsid and concluded that there were warnings associated with it…
Psych Review Notes
Psychological Science- study of mind, brain, and behavior (personal space, mouse maize, growth rate)
Plato vs. Aristotle- Plato (thinks divinely and heavenly/rational thinking) Aristotle (I won’t believe it unless I see it/ future of psych science)
1879- Wilhelm Wundt- Leipzig, Germany, measure mental processes
1. Description- collect date about behavior under normal conditions
2. Explanation- go beyond data for process
3. Prediction- Likelihood that…
able to put all those things aside that have been trying to block my path and focus on a new path
that I will want and be able to do. I'm still trying to find myself because I still yet don’t know the
real me, so I’m still in the process of finding it as my life changes. In this essay , I hope it gives
me a chance to show how my life has reflected me as of today and hopefully from then on
become more confident and someone who can overcome any obstacle that life throws at you
without letting it bring me down.
There are ver…
Media Assignment Instructions
Much of the information we obtain about psychology comes from the popular press. The purpose of this assignment is to (1) become better consumers of psychological information, (2) gain experience looking up, reading, and interpreting scientific research, (3) apply critical thinking skills to a psychological topic, (4) learn to write in APA (American Psychological Association) style…