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Rethinking Substance Abuse : What the Science Shows, and What We Should Do about It
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Addictions and Substance Abuse Prevention Posters
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Substance abuse and the resulting dependence on a chemical that acts on the nervous system are not only detrimental to physical and mental health, they effect the well being of everyone. Abuse is characterized as 'failure to meet work, family, or school obligations, interpersonal conflicts, or legal problems'.

This series of illustrated education posters cover alcohol, tobacco, depressants, hallucinogens, inhalents marijuana, narcotics, stimulants, and steroids, and explain the realities of substance abuse by answering four questions –

  • What are they?
  • How are they used?
  • What are the dangers and health effects?
  • What are the street names?

Use these posters to inform, explore myths, and promote valuable discussions about substance abuse and addictions.

Available now as a set of 10.

What If I'm Addicted? Poster
What If I'm Addicted?

What If I'm Addicted? -

What is addiction? - It's a simple question, right? But the term has applied to so many compulsive or destructive practices – eating, gambling, sex – that it can be difficult to settle on a concrete definition. Addiction isn't just a desire to bet high, or simply using a lot of drugs. It's a brain disease. ...

Alcohol & Tobacco Poster
Alcohol & Tobacco

Alcohol & Tobacco -

The alcohol in drinks like beer, lagers, wine and liquor (or spiritis) is ethanol (ethyl alcohol), which is produced by fermenting fruits, vegetables or grains. The strength of these beverages is measured as a percentage per volume; the higher the percentage, the stronger the drink. For instance, the average beer contains about 4.5 percent alcohol, while the average wine contains about 11 percent.

The main active ingredient in tobacco leaves is a highly addictive stimulant called nicotine, which is found in cigarettes, cigars, snuff, and chewing and pipe tobacco.

Depressants Poster

Depressants -

Sometimes called sedatives, they're drugs that slow, or depress, the control nervous system. Because of that effect, many dpressants are legally prescribed to treat anxiety, stress, and sleep disorders. Others, such as GHB (gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid) have limited or no legitimate medical use. ...

Hallucinogens Poster

Hallucinogens & dissociative drugs -

Although some of their effects can seem similar, there are subtle but important differences between hallucinogens and dissociative drugs. Hallucinogens, such as LSD, psychedelic mushrooms and mesalines, cause users to see images and hear sounds that aren't really there. Dissociative drugs like PCP and ketamine, which originally were developed as general anesthetics, distort sight and sound and produce feelings of detachment from reality. ...

Inhalents Poster

Inhalents -

Just what the name impies, really: They're substances that, when inhaled, cause mind-altering effects. Inhalents are popular among teens and children primarily because they're readily found in the kitchen, bathroom and garage of the average home, or on the shelves of the local convenience store, where they appear as legal, everyday products like hairspray, whipped-cream dispensers and correction fluid. ...

Marijuana Poster

no longer available

Marijuana -

The most commonly used illicit drugs, marijuana and hashish, are products of cannabis, also known as the hemp plant. ...

Meth, Ecstasy and Other Stimulants Poster
Meth, Ecstasy and Other Stimulants

Meth, Ecstasy and Other Stimulants -

They're the drugs that stimulate the activity of the central nervous system, speeding up the body's mental and physcial processes, and making the user feel more alert and awake.

They range from the legal to the illegal. Cocaine, extracted from the coca plant, is the most potent natural stimulant. Crack cocaine, named for the cracking sound the crystals make when heated, is produced by dissolving powdered cocaine in the mixture of water and ammonia or baking soda. Amphetamines and methylphenidate ...

Narcotics Poster

Narcotics -

Narcotics are drugs made from opium – dried juice from the unripe pods of the opium poppy – opium derivatives, or their synthetic substitutes. They're also referred to as “opiates” or “opiads.” ...

Prescription Drugs Poster
Prescription Drugs

Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs -

Prescription drugs are pain relievers, stimulants, sedatives and tranquilizers that can be legally prescribed to treat a variety of problems ...

Steroids Poster
Steroids Poster

Steroids -

What are they? There are three types of steroids ...

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