Drugs, Society Human Behavior Questions

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3 separate short answer for the following 8 Questions

Answer should be well thought-out, well-written, and include appropriately cited research and text references where applicable.

Module 1 Discussion Question: Why Psychoactive Drugs?

Every known culture on our planet has used some form of mind-altering substances and you are going to learn in this class that the practice of using of psychoactive drugs has been around for a very long time (watch the Youtube documentary “Ancient Drugs”and is probably NEVER going away. The obvious question then, is why are they so important and attractive to us as a species? More simply why do people use psycoactive drugs? I do not want your knee-jerk, media programed, party-line opinion. I would very much like you to think about it considering the "big picture" (not just the latest crack-head horror story). Perhaps Google "Why do people do drugs?" or something similar and do a bit of research. You will come up with tons of reasons, but our discussion goal is to boil it down to its essence. Go forth and learn something!

Module 2 Discussion Question: The War on Drugs?

There has been a growing consensus in the past couple of decades among politicians, experts, law enforcement professionals and the public at large that the "War on Drugs" (primarily using the Criminal Justice System to solve the problem of drug abuse) has been a total failure. Here is the discussion question: Has the "War on Drugs" worked? If not why not and if so why has it worked? I do not want your personal opinion unless you can proffer evidence to support it. (read: a bit of research will be required). As always "attaboy" responses = 0.

Module 3 Discussion Question - Cocaine vs. Crack?

Some people do not realize that Cocaine (the snortable kind that was wildly popular and hip in the 1980s - and beyond) is exactly the same psychoactive drug as "crack" that became the urban plague of the 90s (and beyond). Although the snortable form of cocaine is certainly addictive, the smokable crack form is much more addictive. After reading about drug ingestion, brain physiology and chemistry in our current chapters, I want you to venture your educated opinion about why the smokable form of cocaine is so much more addictive than the snortable form. Understanding this effect will teach you many of the essential dynamics of drug ingestion and action that are the learning objectives of this module.

Module 4 Discussion Question - Alcohol: the "other side of the story."

We have all heard the alcohol horror stories, but it remains a very, very, very popular psychoactive drug - like it or not! There are some things about the psychoactive effects of alcohol that keep it attractive to many people. After reading about the biochemistry of alcohol, explain why it remains so popular. Personal opinion MUST be founded on what you have learned about the biochemistry of this drug. There were tons of ATTABOYS in the last discussion and I remind you that they = 0 points.

Module 5 Discussion Question - The Power of Addictive Drugs!

The Amphetamines (that is a group of similar psychoactive substances of which Meth is only one), the Opiates (all the various forms of the opium poppy), and Cocaine although they are chemically very different drugs do share a biochemical similarity that unites them all in their addictive potential. After reading about them, venture your educated explanation of the why they are ALL (that is, what they have in common) so effective at hijacking brain chemistry and physiology to create addiction. Here is a hint: the secret mechanism is built into all of our brains

Module 6 Discussion Question: LSD and Religion?

This discussion is pretty deep and there is no "perfectly right answer" to it, but it is about something very important that few people know anything about. LSD (you may have heard of the infamous Tim Leary) and a host of other powerfully hallucinogenic psychoactive substances have been used for centuries to invoke religious inspiration. You should do at least some outside research before you compose your post. but here is the Discussion Question for Module 6: Why do these chemicals have a connection to religious/philosophical perspectives? This should be an interesting discussion

Module 7 Discussion Question: How does marijuana work?

Marijuana has been used for thousands of years. It is probably the most widely used illict (in many places) psychoactive substance on Earth. For much of this time we have has no idea about how or why this substance does things to the human brain that lots and lots of people like. This discussion question is going to require some outside research to answer well and I highly recommend some very well done and current documentaries on Youtube as the best way to learn about the most current research findings. Here is the question and you can certainly answer in common English, but it should be up-to-date and accurate: How does marijuana use create changes in the human brain that have resulted in it being so popular?

Module 8 Discussion Question: Does Drug Treatment Really Work?

There are many experts who have done extensive research on the effectiveness of drug treatment programs and concluded that most are a dismal failure. Do a bit of internet research and come to your own conclusions and report your findings. Remember a few important conditions: 1) Many people stop using addictive drugs on their own without the help of formal treatment programs. 2) Some drug addictions are way more difficult to treat than others. and 3) The definition of success is very important. Many programs brag about "success rates," but for how long? Relapse rates over time are very, very high for most seriously addictive drugs.

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