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Drugs of Abuse: Hallucinogens


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Continuing Education for mental health and substance abuse counselors and therapists. Reviews types of hallucinogens, side effects and effects on sports performance

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Drugs of Abuse: Hallucinogens

  1. 1. Hallucinogens
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>To provide information about hallucinogens </li></ul><ul><li>To assist students in understanding consequences of hallucinogen use </li></ul><ul><li>To assist students in understanding drug interactions </li></ul><ul><li>To educate students about the symptoms of toxicity, overdose and withdrawal </li></ul><ul><li>To motivate students to make informed choices about hallucinogen use </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Hallucinogen Technical Information </li></ul><ul><li>Hallucinogen WebCast </li></ul>
  4. 4. Descriptions <ul><li>PCP /Phencyclidine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PCP Information at a Glance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple Overview of PCP </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LSD/lysergic acid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LSD Information at a Glance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WebCast LSD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ecstasy/MDMA PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Ecstasy/MDMA Information at a Glance </li></ul>
  5. 5. Demographics <ul><li>Patterns of use in society </li></ul><ul><li>Quick Review of Hallucinogens and Related Trends </li></ul>
  6. 6. Pharmacology <ul><li>PCP affects multiple neurotransmitter systems in the brain. For example, PCP inhibits the reuptake of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin and also inhibits the action of glutamate by blocking NMDA receptors. Some types of opioid receptors in the brain are also affected by PCP. These complex effects on multiple chemical systems in the brain most likely underlie the behavioral effects of PCP. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Effects and Symptoms of Toxicity <ul><li>General Effects: Altered states of perception and feeling; nausea; persisting perception disorder (flashbacks) </li></ul><ul><li>Also, for LSD and mescaline—increased body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure; loss of appetite, sleeplessness, numbness, weakness, tremors </li></ul><ul><li>For LSD —persistent mental disorders </li></ul>
  8. 8. Detoxification Symptoms <ul><li>Cocaine and hallucinogens do not have a typical withdrawal pattern. </li></ul><ul><li>These drugs are considered psychologically addicting rather than physically addicting. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Issues in Pregnancy <ul><li>Report on Fetal Exposure to Various Hallucinogens </li></ul>
  10. 10. Rumors and Myths <ul><li>Myth: Take LSD 7 Times and You're Legally Insane </li></ul><ul><li>Myth: LSD Users Go Blind Staring at Sun </li></ul><ul><li>Myth: Strychnine in LSD </li></ul><ul><li>Myth: Strychnine in LSD (2) </li></ul><ul><li>Myth: LSD Stays in your Body Forever </li></ul><ul><li>Myth: LSD from Foster's Beer </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Blue Star Tattoo Myth&quot; : Narc Officer Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>Blue Star Tattoo Myth - FAQ </li></ul><ul><li>Can Mescaline come in a small pill, or is it LSD? </li></ul><ul><li>Was LSD laced with strychnine in the 1960s? </li></ul><ul><li>Has blotter gone down in average potency over the last few... </li></ul><ul><li>Does LSD make your brain bleed? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Summary <ul><li>Overview Online Readings </li></ul>