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Never talk to drugs


"Grass is not a drug." Grass is not a drug. Hear, grass, you're not a drug!
- Yes, I hear, I hear, I'm not a drug.
It was an anecdote, if that. In fact, the grass is also a drug. Probably. The fact is that the word itself does not have a generally recognized definition. The last hope of humanity in all controversial medical issues, the World Health Organization, generally ignores the definition of drugs in their Russian-language documents. In English there is a special dictionary, a list of all terms that WHO uses, with their decoding. The drug closest to drugs is the word drug, but it in English simultaneously means any medicine, so the definition5 got to him long and intricate:
Drug. The term is used in many ways. In medicine, it refers to any substance that can prevent or cure the disease or improve the physical or mental state. In pharmacology - to any chemical agent that affects biochemical physiological processes in tissues or organisms. Therefore, this substance, which is described or can be described in the pharmacopeia (official documents controlling the production of drugs).
In everyday use, the term refers to drugs that have a psychoactive effect, and often, even more narrowly, to illegal substances that are not used for medical purposes in addition to any medical substances. Occupational formulations such as "alcohol and other drugs" often imply the extension of this concept to caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and other substances that are often not used for medical purposes, in the sense that the intake of these substances is at least partly related to their psychoactive effects.
In general, WHO refuses to take responsibility and is washing hands. So straight and says: "Drugs that just do not call, and everything has its own logic." So the question of what to consider as drugs and what is not, in each case, is decided in accordance with the specific task and personal tastes of the author.
The American Psychiatric Association has developed seven criteria for dependence6 (they refer specifically to medicines in their documents, but in general you can test your current love or, for example, an entertaining computer toy on these parameters):
1) Tolerance. It is present if, in order to achieve intoxication or the desired effect, an increase in dose is required or if the effect of consumption decreases gradually with the maintenance of the previous dose;
2) withdrawal syndrome. Negative effects when discontinuing use, which disappear when the next intake of this substance or substances close to it;
3) uncontrolled use. The substance is used in large doses or for a longer time than originally planned;
4) there is a clear desire or unsuccessful attempts to stop or at least begin to control the use of the substance;
5) a considerable amount of time is spent on finding a substance, consuming it, or for recovering from the use of this substance;
6) social disadaptation.
Communication, work and leisure are subject to damage because of the use of the substance;
7) substance use continues despite awareness of the problems associated with it (for example, cocaine-induced depression, acute ulcers due to alcohol, etc.).
The most horrible thing is that it is absolutely not necessary that the source of dependence satisfy all the criteria. It is enough that at least three are respected. In the case of nicotine, all points except for the fifth and sixth are more or less valid, with these two criteria smokers were lucky, and even then because society (for the present) does not seek to make tobacco use illegal.
The official "List of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors subject to control in the Russian Federation" consists of four lists. The first includes substances that are completely banned in Russia, including marijuana. In the second - substances whose turnover should be controlled, for example, cocaine. The third list is devoted to substances whose turnover can be controlled less carefully - it includes psychotropic drugs, such as pentobarbital. The fourth list includes precursors - substances necessary for the synthesis of drugs, for example, harmless acetic anhydride. Neither tobacco, nor alcohol in the "List ..." are not mentioned.
One of the most cited publications on comparing the harm of different drugs, a review
2007 from the journal Lancet, assesses the damage from each of the twenty substances under consideration in nine parameters, grouped into three categories: harm to health (with occasional use, with constant use, with intravenous administration), dependence (the intensity of pleasure from the introduction of the drug, the degree of psychological and physical dependence) and social damage (the effect of intoxication on behavior, on social life and total damage to the health system). Of course, with this approach it is necessary to take into account not only prohibited, but also legal drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol.
According to the estimates of pharmacologists, doctors and criminalists who compiled this review, cigarettes occupy a modest ninth place among drugs (yielding heroin, cocaine, barbiturates, methadone, alcohol, ketamine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine) in terms of health damage. On the level of social danger they are not even included in the top ten: the high level of the burden on the health care system is balanced by the fact that cigarettes do not cause inappropriate behavior and usually do not interfere with a person to work or create a family. But the severity of drug dependence - attention, shock-content - cigarettes took an honorable third place, immediately after heroin and cocaine.
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Never talk to drugs

  1. What are drugs?
    In accordance with the Federal Law "On Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances", narcotic drugs are understood to mean substances of synthetic or natural origin, drugs, plants included in the List of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors subject to control in the Russian Federation, in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation Federation,
  2. Drugs
    In recent years, drug addiction in Russia has become a national tragedy. It affects first of all the younger generation (has already penetrated into schools). Some groups of adolescents and young people are particularly at risk of being attached to drugs. Unless extraordinary measures are taken today to halt the maturing tragedy, especially among young people, then in two to three years,
  3. Age and drugs
    In different geographical regions of the world, there are age gradations, when young people start using drugs. The greatest number of cases of drug use falls on adolescence. Acquisition of drugs in our country, which is typical for other European countries, begins in adolescence. Everything starts with tobacco, alcohol, volatile
  4. A husband is never at home, and I often meet with a colleague at work.
    I feel that it is more pleasant with him than with my husband. Should I make a choice? I'm sure that both love me, and a bit confused. In your case, it is best to behave naturally and openly express your feelings to both your husband and your friend. It is extremely difficult or almost impossible to maintain normal intimate relationships with two men at the same time. Despite the fact that both of you love, this
  5. Youth and drugs
    Curiosity is one of the remarkable traits of a person's character. It, as a rule, manifests itself at an early age and predetermines the development of cognitive inclinations. Young people, more often teenagers, try to use drugs primarily with a cognitive purpose, in order to test their effect on themselves. The vast majority of teenagers get acquainted with drugs (alcohol, smoking,
  6. CONVENIENTLY USED DRUGS
    D. G Mendelson, NK Mallow (JH Mendelson, N. K. Mello) Drug abuse appears to be a threatening problem in US healthcare. According to the most extensive literature on this problem (1984), covering and not institutionalized in psychiatric hospitals in the United States (reviews of the National Institute of Mental Health - issues of epidemiology),
  7. Opiate drugs
    Opiate drugs have a "sedative" inhibitory effect. This group includes natural and synthetic substances containing morphine-like compounds. In most cases, they are administered intravenously. All natural narcotic substances of the opium group are obtained from the poppy. All unprocessed opiate narcotics from plant raw materials have a light astringent effect when they hit the tongue.
  8. Energy concept of drugs
    Theory of drugs. All great worlds claim that every person has a soul. But those who do not believe in God, for some reason, all at once believed that every person has a biofield. Here in the biofield everyone believed in once and for all. Apparently, the biofield is the same soul. In addition, there are people in society who call themselves psychics. Some people just see this soul around a person,
  9. What you need to know the commander about drugs
    Currently, there are 5 main groups of narcotic substances: 1. Opiates - drugs obtained from opium poppy or its synthetic substitutes. They cause a state of euphoria and are characterized by a very high degree of physical and mental dependence. These include: opium, morphine, heroin, codeine, etc. 2. Depressants - substances that soothe or depress
  10. Abstract. Prevention of the spread of drugs in military units, 2010
    What are drugs? Armed Forces and drug addiction. Narcotic substances, signs and consequences of their use. Derived cannabis. Opiate drugs. Sleeping sedatives. Psychostimulants. Hallucinogens. Volatile substances of narcotic action.
  11. So, if I get my baby's right attachment to the breast, I will never have nipple inflammation?
    Almost never, but there is one disease - a fungal infection called thrush (candida albicans) - which can occur, especially after treatment with antibiotics. Women who become infected with thrush experience burning pain in the chest, which remains after feeding. The skin can have a reddish shade, shine and peel off. The child may have (but not always) white spots in his mouth or
  12. The main symptoms that indicate the use of drugs
    1. Mood swings. As a rule, drugs cause mood swings from a state of euphoria to a state of depression. A serviceman can be passive and detached, and in a minute angry and hostile. 2. Changes in character. Usually an energetic and sociable serviceman turns into a chronically depressed and unsociable, with the exception of being in a state
  13. Drugs and narcotic analgesics
    Narcotic analgesics of the opium group (opium, morphine, pantopone, dionine, codeine) have psychotropic (narcotic) and neurotoxic effects. Acute poisoning with these agents manifests itself either immediately, or after 20 minutes - 1 hour, depending on the mode of administration (intravenously, subcutaneously, orally). The lethal dose of morphine for an adult is 0.2-0.5 g. When morphine is poisoned through a short
  14. What to do if you think that you have encountered the problem of drug use
    First, learn to recognize drugs and the symptoms of their use. Second, trust your intuition. If you have a feeling that a subordinate is experimenting with drugs, this may be true. Check if there are any drugs in his personal belongings (most often military servicemen keep narcotic substances in household pantries, personal "diplomats", bags, suitcases,
  15. I often feel guilty for being so happy with my husband, whereas my parents were never happy together.
    I feel obliged to help my mother, giving her useful advice and paying attention to her. Why can not I be happy without feeling guilty? What you are experiencing is very common. Many children feel guilty that they have surpassed their parents in some area. When parents are unhappy, it often happens that they cling to their children. It is possible that
  16. If I allow my teenage daughter to walk late at night and she suddenly becomes pregnant or addicted to drugs, I will feel guilty. What should I do? Maybe I'm too overbearing father?
    Between us, tell your honesty: do you really believe that your daughter can get pregnant, or take drugs only late at night? You know perfectly well that there is no logic in your words. "Nevertheless, since you feel guilty, I advise you to frankly talk about it with your daughter. Share her experiences with her. Realize also that your feeling
  17. My mother has been in the psychiatric institute for more than a year, waiting for her to be admitted to the hospital. Since I am the only person through whom she communicates with the outside world, I feel obliged to take care of her. Except for the trust that it gives me, what gift can I get from this situation? Our relationship has never been close, in fact there is simply no such relationship.
    As for the gift, then a hint about it is contained in your question. This is the perfect occasion to get close to the mother. However, how do you experience a sense of duty towards it? Do you care for her with pure heart? Would you feel guilty if you did not do it? No child is obliged to his parents and vice versa. However, the bonds connecting parents and children provide
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