14 Lesson 4: Speaking Out Against Drugs
Drugs are chemicals that cause a specific reaction
in the body. Legal drugs are used for medical
purposes and carefully supervised by a doctor. Illegal
drugs, however, can cause dangerous side effects
and contain poisonous substances. And,
because they are not monitored by doctors, users
run the risk of damaging their bodies or dying. On
the Web site below, you will learn about some
of the most common illegal drugs and why they
are so dangerous.
Link to explore: NIDA for Teens:
- Start at the NIDA for Teens Web site.
- Click on the “Hallucinogens” and “Inhalants” sections.
- Take notes as you read. When you are
done reading, answer the questions below.
- Finally, using the information from the link, create
a one-line slogan (for example: You Lose if You
Choose to Use) that can be made into a bumper sticker,
flyer, or poster that states your stand against
- How can long-term inhalant use affect
the functions of the brain?
- What happens to the heart when butane gas
- How does the brain respond to hallucinogens?
- How does LSD cause its effects?
- What is Ecstasy and what are
its physical effects?
- Long-term use of inhalants can slow or
stop nerve cell activity in the parts of
the brain that control complex problem-solving
and planning ahead, movement and coordination,
- Butane makes the heart extra sensitive to
noradrenalin, a chemical that carries messages
from the nervous system to the heart. This
chemical causes the heart to beat faster in
a stressful situation. If the heart becomes
too sensitive to noradrenalin, a normal amount
of it may cause the heart to temporarily lose
its rhythm and stop pumping blood through the
- Hallucinogens cause people to have imagined
experiences that seem real. Since hallucinogens
affect the way the five senses work, people
who use these drugs may have a hard time concentrating,
communicating, or telling the difference between
reality and illusion.
- LSD causes its effects mainly by activating
one type of receptor for serotonin. Ecstasy
is a synthetic stimulant that can cause muscle
tension, clenching of teeth, nausea, blurred
vision, fainting, and chills or sweating, as well
as increase heart rate and blood pressure.
- Ecstasy is a synthetic stimulant that can
cause muscle tension, clenching of teeth, nausea,
blurred vision, fainting, and chills or sweating,
as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure.
Additional Resources for
Below are some additional resources on the wide
range of illegal drugs that teens should know
- Free Vibe:
- American Council for Drug Education:
- Drug Free Arizona: