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Teenage Heroin Epidemic

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 What is considered a drug? Alcohol? Caffeine? Marijuana? Herbal supplements/vitamins?

 The term “drug” can generally be applied to a substance that falls into any of the following categories: medications prescribed by physicians to treat medical conditions, over-the-counter vitamin supplements and herbal plants requiring no doctor prescriptions, toxins that can have adverse or life threatening effects, and substances with potential for abuse.

For our purpose, we are interested in substances with a potential for abuse because of their positive reinforcing effects with repeated use: we experienced something we like, which makes us use these drugs again and again. Some would not consider caffeine as a drug, but it is the most commonly used stimulant and is ingested by many people to produce alertness. A lot of people drink a cup of coffee or tea as part of their morning routine.

With repeated use, you may experience headache, fatigue, drowsiness, or dysphoria if you skip your morning coffee, which are symptoms of withdrawal. Caffeine withdrawal is actually a diagnosable medical condition. Some individuals report that they have difficulty cutting down their use and inability to function without having that cup or series of cups during the course of the day. Caffeine dependence, however, is not yet considered a diagnosable condition.

 Caffeine is the most commonly used stimulant and is ingested by many people to produce alertness.

 

 

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