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8-part DVD series, 17-39 minutes each; chaptered DVD
A veritable encyclopedia of pharmacological facts, this outstanding eight-part series "Drugs: Uses and Abuses", thoroughly examines the therapeutic uses and dangerous abuses of drugs. Moving beyond the "Just Say No" mentality, each program gives a general overview of a particular class of drugs, then moves on to closely examine specific drugs in that group.
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Review questions are provided to test viewers’ knowledge, along with provocative discussion questions that address some of the sensitive issues concerning the use and abuse of drugs.
Reviews and Awards
"Attention-grabbing, informative programs."
—School Library Journal
"Well-paced to keep teens’ interest. Good overview."
—The Book Report
Recommended by Today’s Librarian.
Drugs: Uses and Abuses Series Includes:
This program offers a summary of sedatives as a class of drugs, and then focuses on barbiturates, tranquilizers, and alcohol, while touching lightly on narcotics. A doctor of pharmacology, police officers, an addiction specialist, a historian, a pastor, recovering addicts, and others describe the history and biological effects of sedatives, employing case studies and personal experience to analyze the use, abuse, and hazards of this seductive group of drugs. One 32-minute video.
Drugs: Uses and Abuses presents a profile of narcotics as a class of drugs and then spotlights opium, codeine, morphine, and heroin. Expert commentary is provided by a pharmacist, a nurse, police officers, addiction counselors, a historian, recovering addicts, and others. One 29-minute video.
Beginning with an overview of stimulants as a class of drugs, this program examines caffeine, nicotine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and cocaine—in both powder and crack form—including their instantly addictive nature. One 39-minute video.
Psychedelics and Hallucinogens
Utilizing case studies and personal experience, specialists explore the uses, abuses, and hazards of these drugs, which can include vivid flashbacks and critical serotonin depletion. One 29-minute video.
This program presents a summary of this class of drugs and then details its constituent parts: solvents and aerosols, nitrites, and nitrous oxide. A team of experts share case studies and personal experiences to address the use, abuse, and hazards of inhalants, including brain, liver, and kidney damage, as well as sudden sniffing death syndrome. One 20-minute video.
Drugs: Uses and Abuses examines THC and marijuana, hashish, and hash oil, and their history, use, abuse, and hazards. One 30-minute video.
PCP and Ketamine
This program describes PCP and the veterinary anesthetic ketamine. A police officer, an addiction specialist, an addiction counselor, a veterinarian, and recovering users employ case studies and personal experience to assess their use, abuse, and hazards—including false feelings of invincibility, flashbacks, and even psychosis. One 17-minute video.
Drugs: Uses and Abuses examines the use and abuse of anabolic steroids and GHB, a synthetic steroid-like substance and date-rape drug. Some of the side effects of these drugs include impotence, liver tumors, renal failure, and "roid rage," which can lead to violence and even suicide. One 24-minute video
This important drug uses training program is supportive of our general health and safety training programming with programs like ethical issues in nursing, safety training programs and our more general ethics training program.