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PSY 245 Class Notes (2.16-2.18)

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Here are the detailed class notes from February 16th and February 18th. Hope this helps for anyone who missed class or didn't get everything written down! All the best, Kristi
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Mark Galizio
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Date Created: 02/14/16
2.16.16 Antecedent Information  Effects of any given drug (dose-response curve) reflects healthy, young, non-pregnant adults; most research done on healthy people  Drugs effect people differently  Elderly and babies more sensitive to effects of drugs Pregnant Women & Psychoactive Drug Use  Drug poses more risk to fetus than mom  “Fetal barrier” (similar to blood-brain barrier)  Psychoactive drugs penetrate the fetal barrier and enter the blood stream of the developing fetus  Exceptionally vulnerable to damaging effects of chemicals (Teratogenic) due to rapid growth  EX: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome o 40’s & 50s – doctor may suggest drinking before bed to help pregnant women sleep o Evidence for discovery of FAS  Alcohol given to pregnant rats during certain phases of pregnancy  Offspring deformed in particular ways  OBGYN medical personnel reviewed hospital records of alcoholics who drank through pregnancy  FAS syndromes: facial anomalies & intellectual disabilities  Primarily occurs with heavy drinking Research Characteristics  Most research we’ll discuss is based on research with young, healthy men  Fear that if females enter into a drug study, they may become pregnant, thus harming the fetus  Today it is encouraged for women to participate in drug studies (given daily pregnancy tests) Effects of Drugs  When referring to a drug, he’s referring to research on that specific drug, not black market drugs  Not sure what you’re getting through street or web  Dealer could be cutting the drug to make more profit, which can be toxic in some cases  Getting active drug most of the time, but not always Double Blind Research  Best way to learn about drugs is double blind research  Some participants get placebo, others get active drug, and no one knows who is receiving the drug vs. the placebo  Compare chemical action of drug to what user expects from the drug  Most research hasn’t used double-blind studies (unethical to assign a group to take a drug over a long period of time, such as 2 years, to research long-term effects)  Can do an experiment to assess chronic effects of drugs on animals, but not humans Other form of drug research  Correlational study  You can decide which experimental group to be in  Some participants take a drug (ecstasy) and others don’t  At some point in life experimenters will give a survey to those participants to ask about drug use  Might also do a brain scan  Con: multiple factors might differentiate the people that take ecstasy a lot (i.e. polydrug use); when comparing the two groups, it’s hard to know what those differences are due to Major Stimulant History  Includes cocaine, amphetamines, and bath salts  Cocaine first major stimulant used by humans  Inca people high in Andes Mountain (Columbia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina)  Cocaine grows in various elevations on bush indigenous to Andes slopes  Can easily purchase coca leaves along roadsides throughout South America today Spanish Conquistadors  Explored those areas of South America  Found the Incas who used coca leaf extensively o Chewed coca leaf o Hold it between cheek and gum o Similar to tobacco use in North America  Jesuit priests began to convert Incas to Catholicism in 1500s and 1600s o Disturbed by the religious significance of the coca leaf o Worshiped goddess Mama Coca o Some of these religious beliefs remain today  Used the coca leaf to enslave the Andean people  Brought coca back to the New World Psychiatrist Jerome Jaffe  One of the first to do anthropological research on drugs  Went to Andean regions in 1960s  Performed longitudinal observational study on chewing of coca leaf  Incas (coqueros or cocaine addicts) would get a “cha” going first thing In the morning by chewing the coca leaf o Sometimes ground ash in pestle & mortar and put a wad of ash with coca leaf o Makes your mouth more alkaline (less acidic) so you absorb more cocaine from the leaf o Similar to the use of coffee or tea (caffeine) in North America toady o Report that it prevents high altitude sickness and gives them energy to do work throughout the day  Jaffe gave the coqueros medical & psychiatric tests to see long-term effects of coca leaf use o Found no evidence that chewing the coca leaf was causing medical or psychiatric problems when compared to individuals who didn’t use it o 1960s – could not find coca leaves for sale in the big cities; when coqueros traveled to the big cities and did not have access to coca, they did not seem to exhibit withdrawal symptoms  Concluded that cocaine was not a problematic drug From Andes to the United States  Spanish brings coca to the new world th  19 century – coca became popular in Europe o EX: in a typical bar or restaurant a glass of wine or mixed drink would be garnished with a coca leaf  U.S. – dope fiend’s paradise; cocaine was widely available  1914 Harrison Act passed & cocaine is banned  Metcalf’s wine of coca (wine that contained coca before it was banned) o Public speakers, singers, and actors found wine of coca to be a valuable tonic to the vocal cords (helped with throat pain) o Athletes, pedestrians, and baseball players have found by practical experience that a steady course of coca taken both before and after any trial of strength or endurance will impart energy and prevent fatigue o Elderly people found it to be a reliable aphrodisiac (food, drink, or drug that stimulates sexual desire) superior to other drugs  Cocaine sold as toothache drops for kids th  Turn of the 20 century – epidemic of coca use developed o Chemistry had developed o Could now remove active ingredient from coca leaf (cocaine) o Now people were taking a more potent drug  Cocaine first local anesthetic Freud and Cocaine  Freud was a medical student in Europe  Began to take it himself (he was a depressive guy) and it lifted his spirits  Began to prescribe cocaine to patients suffering from depression and initially found good results  First to recognize the importance of biological factors in mental illness o Set the stage for modern thinking in neurosceince Dr. Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow  Freud’s friend who experienced a war injury  Experienced chronic pain  Suffered from Soldier’s Disease (became a morphine addict  Freud recognized his morphine addiction and treated it with oral cocaine  Was not effective, so started giving him cocaine intravenously  Began to use cocaine 20-30 times a day while taking morphine  Cocaine overdose – started exhibiting 2 principle symptoms of what is now called “Cocaine Psychosis, o Formication Syndrome  The feeling that bugs are crawling n or under your skin  Called “coke bugs” or “crank bugs” w/methamphetamines o Paranoid state or Paranoid ideations  Extreme paranoia  Very similar to schizophrenic delusions  Believed that he had been in the military and his wife of 20 years was a British Spy/sleeper agent placed in the community to marry him because he was the king of Russia  Delusions of persecution (wife is a spy) & delusions of grandeur (I am the king of Russia)  Formication Syndrome & Paranoid state are symptoms of overdosing on stimulant drugs (cocaine, methamphetamine, & bath salts)  Symptoms are reversible if the person stops taking the cocaine  Freud retracted many of his articles (located in the Uber Coca journal – translates to About Cocaine in English) praising cocaine but he was too late because the cocaine epidemic was already widespread through Europe and the U.S. Cocaine in the Literature  Sherlock Holmes o Heavy user of cocaine in the original series o Injected 7% solution of cocaine, play his violin, then he would solve the mystery o His companion Dr. Watson scolded him that he should stop taking cocaine o Cocaine use presented in a positive light  Robert Lewis Stevenson o Hospitalized for treatment of Tuberculosis o Became a heavy user o Wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  Characterized mood swings he experienced while using cocaine  Annie C. Meyers o “Well-balanced Christian woman” before becoming a “cocaine fiend” o “I deliberately took a pair of shears and pried loose a tooth that was filled with gold. I then extracted the tooth, smashed it up, and the goal went to the nearest pawnshop, blood streaming down my face and drenching my clothes, where I sold it for 80 cents to buy cocaine.” o First description in the English Language of the idea that cocaine can causing a craving so intense that people will do desperate things to get it  These problems with cocaine led creators of 1914 Harrison Act to include cocaine with heroin and morphine (opiates) as the first illegal drugs in the U.S. o Successful in decreasing cocaine use o Gave way to amphetamines in the 1920’s Amphetamines  Synthetic stimulants  Duration of action a lot longer than cocaine  3 most important o Amphetamine (6-8 hours)  Taking the drug orally  Least potent  Most short-acting o Dextroamphetamine (8-10 hours)  More potent  More longer lasting o Methamphetamine (12+ hours)  Most powerful  Most potent  Longest acting  Not widely available until 1940s o Became more popular o Medical use became well known o EX: used by soldiers in WWII for its effects (awake and alert for extended periods of time Fads and Trends of Amphetamine Use  In post war Japan there was an amphetamine abuse epidemic o This was the first evidence that these drugs might have a high abuse potential  Rumored that the first induced drug all-nighter took place at the University of Minnesota o Readily available for students in the 50’s and 60’s  Long distance truck drivers began to take them o Could drive from NY to LA and get turned around without having to sleep  Used as a diet pill in the 60s and 70s o Amphetamines suppress hunger and users typically lose weight and feel happier o Eventually they start to gain the weight back and mood suppresses o Started seeing specific patterns of polydrug abuse – some individuals needed amphetamine to wake up in the morning and a sleeping pill to go to sleep at night o Go from taking a pill to lose to being addicted to two kinds of drugs Galizio’s Principle of Pernicious Drug Effects  Tolerance develops at different rates for different drug effects o EX: amphetamines produce a lot of effects and tolerance doesn’t develop evenly at the same rate for every effect of the drug  The desirable effects of a drug seem to produce tolerance the fastest  Negative side effects are resistant to tolerance Methamphetamine Timeline  1960s – medical use of amphetamines became rare  On the west coast there was an epidemic of heroin addiction  Haight Ashbury Free Clinic physicians tried to treat the heroin addicts with oral amphetamines  Oral didn’t work well, so they started prescribing IV amphetamines  Invented the speedball (combination of opiates, methamphetamine, and cocaine – heroin and meth or heroin and cocaine); users report intensely pleasurable effects that are more pleasant than any of the drugs alone o Inadvertently created a whole new drug problem “speed freak” o Methamphetamine addiction swept the U.S. and Europe in late 1960s  Discovered that when meth was injected in high doses, it could produce same effects of cocaine psychosis o More likely to because longer acting o EX: when a user takes cocaine they will experience the effects of that drug for 12+ hours  Don’t experience the flash/rush for that long o EX 2: use methamphetamine and have high dose in your system  After an hour, you don’t feel flash/rush anymore  Take another shot  Although you don’t feel as high, level of methamphetamine in your body is still increasing  Eventually develop crank bugs and paranoid ideations  Late 1960s/Early 1970s – developed a national campaign that speed kills o Beatles/Rolling Stones o Use of amphetamines began to drop because of the messages from these musicians  Substance abuse is like a water balloon  you squeeze it in one place and it pops out somewhere else o Push towards taking cocaine (natural, organic, & feels good) Cocaine in the 1970s  Cocaine made a major comeback  Major movement to legalize cocaine during the Carter administration  This quote was found in a textbook; in the mainstream psychological literature in which the author Ashley says; “Cocaine is not an addictive or especially dangerous drug. It should be legalized” (Ashley, 1976) The George Jung Story  In the mid-1970’s cocaine was expensive and difficult to obtain  George Jung, a small time marijuana dealer, made connections in Latin America with an enterprising Columbian  Egan to bring cocaine across the border into the U.S. with him when he brought in marijuana  His friend (Pablo Escobar) back in Columbia discovered that he could organize a lot of people to grow coca and purchased coca from neighboring countries  Became a very rich and powerful figure in Columbia Columbian Cartels  Medellin – Pablo Escobar: became so powerful that he was running the Columbian government o Owned enough military to get away with anything o Owned judges and politicians in Columbia  Cali – rival of the Medellin Cartel o Went to war with Medellin Cartel o Basically a Civil War in Columbia with explicit approval of the government to supply Americans with cocaine 2.18.16 Cocaine Effects  Effects, hazardous potential, and abuse potential depend crucially on: o The form of administration o How the drug is prepared o Form the drug is used Form Chemistry Method Coca Leaf --- Oral Coca Paste (Basuco) Cocaine Sulfate Smoking Street Cocaine Cocaine Hydrochloride Injection Intra-nasal Crack Freebase cocaine Smoking  EX: if you’re delivering a very low quantity of cocaine to the brain (i.e. chewing coca leaf) there aren’t a lot of side effects o Probably why Jaffe didn’t see cocaine as a problem  Steps to producing cocaine o Gather huge quantities of the coca leaf o Seep in a solvent solution o Left with sulfuric acid and is washed out as coca paste, which can be smoked o Produces a salt (cocaine sulfate) o Coca paste seeped in a solution of hydrochloric acid; results in a very pure form of cocaine that can be injected or snorted (street cocaine)  Pure cocaine hydrochloride is the white fluffy powder  Readily soluble and absorbed by mucous membranes  Snorting cocaine o Absorbed through mucosa membranes in the nose o Limit to how much can be snorted o Causes capillaries to constrict; no longer absorbing o Heavy users have tissue damage to the nose that can be severe o Cutting off blood flow to those tissues  Typical Pattern of Cocaine Use o Snort a line in one nostril o Snort a line in the other nostril o After a half hour or so users might want a third line o Mostly absorbed through stomach and liver o Less of the drug reaches the brain o Has caused overdoses and death Cocaine in the 1970s  Very expensive prior to this time  Cocaine glamourized and used by movie stars and athletes  Hollywood Henderson – football player o Had a $20,000 a day cocaine habit  Few people had sufficient access to cocaine Transition from cocaine as glamorous to cocaine as dangerous  When Escobar started delivering cocaine to the U.S. it became more readily available and considerably cheaper  Cocaine hydrochloride/street cocaine can be injected o In the 70’s and 80’s few people were interested in injecting cocaine  Development of “crack” (name for one form of freebase cocaine) o To freebase is to separate the cocaine base from the salt o If you do this, then cocaine can be smoked o Wasting cocaine if you try to smoke it as a salt  Freebasing o Melting it into a vapor and then inhaling the vapors o In the early days, ether (or some other flammable substance) was used to separate the base from the salt  EX: Ether blew up and disfigured Richard Pryor o These events reduce interest in freebasing cocaine with ether James and Inciardi  According to them, freebasing started in Miami  A chemist found that if you take cocaine hydrochloride and boil away the water, you’re left with a hard (but flammable) substance that has freebase cocaine o Now called “crack” o Basically broken into small pieces which can be vaporized o Get 1 or 2 inhalations per rock o Produce intensely pleasurable experience  Described cocaine as the most dangerous drug on earth Crack Phenomenon  Quickly swept through the U.S. in the 80s & 90s  Short-acting like cocaine  Intensely pleasurable experience may only last 30 seconds  Poster child for acute tolerance (the 2nd hit doesn’t get you back to where you want to be)  Crack phenomenon is the impulsive need to take more of the drug  Less expensive  Cartels in 80s and 90s delivering cocaine at low cost in the U.S. o Could take a kilo of cocaine, turn it into crack, and sell it into crack rocks to make an enormous profit  More intense effects & risk of overdose o Person hitting one rock after another to change the initial high o Meanwhile the physical effects of cocaine are still present  Much higher addiction rate than we ever saw with snorting cocaine  1988 Anti-Drug Abuse Act – 5 year mandatory sentence for crack possession Cocaine and Crack today  Major dependence problems remain  In July 2010, 1988 Anti-Drug Abuse Act replaced o 5 year mandatory sentence for crack possession was repealed o In the 2000s there were thousands and thousands of people spending time in jail for small quantities of crack o Law created a form of racial discrimination  80% of those jailed for crack possession were black o Repeal of this law ended a practice of legal racial discrimination and the use and hazards of cocaine have not increased  In the past 6 years, cocaine use has slightly declined  1980s – people thought that one hit off the crack pipe would cause addiction but no drug produces addiction with one use Coca Today  2000-2005 – Cartels weaken in Columbia because of less corrupt government & Pablo Escobar is shot and killed o Cartels corrupted entire government of Columbia through the 80s & 90s o Columbians began to get their government back in the late 90s  Coca production (growing coca trees and bushes) in Bolivia and Peru still legal o 2006 – Evo Morales (Bolivian President) chewed coca during a U.N. speech on international drug laws o Believes that chewing of the coca leaf is not a drug o Part of their cultural history and Europe & North America shouldn’t dictate their drug laws  2016 – coca flour, tea, and other products legally and readily available throughout Bolivia, Peru, and much of South America o Cultural practice o Similar to alcohol use in North America and tea in Great Britain o Harina de Coca is a coca flour o Coca tea produces psychoactive effects (but they are low level because it’s oral administration)  Similar to the levels of stimulation you would get with a cup of coffee o Coca farmers grow coca on a small farm (with a license to grow coca) and can sell it to the government at a fixed price; can only grow a certain amount o Black market for cocaine here as well Percentage of High School Seniors Reporting Use of Cocaine During the Past Year  National High School Student Survey (University of Michigan)  Began in the mid-1970’s & conducted every year since 1976  Self-reported drug use data  100,000+ students  Cons: some people may lie about using illegal drugs or may not know exactly what they are taking  Did you use cocaine during your Senior Year? o Use of cocaine increased in late 1970s o Up 12% by mid-1980s o Then drops to very low levels in early 90’s o Crept back up and remained steady through the early 2000s o 2015 – lowest level of cocaine use that’s been reported since the survey began Statistics  > 4.8 million users  Down 20% from 10 year ago  Crack and other forms of cocaine use still led to > 500,000 hospital visits o More than any other illegal drug  Cocaine and crack continue to be abuse problems although they aren’t as significant/as broad as they were a few years ago Methamphetamine  Names: speed, crank, ice, crystal meth  Replaced declining cocaine use (in regards to stimulant use)  2010 – epidemic was starting to peak Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act  Federal law passed in 2006  Sudafed treated like a Schedule V drug (over-the-counter) o Contains an ingredient that is a precursor to making meth o Buying a large amount will raise red flags on DEA computer screens  Meth lab seizures in the U.S. have dropped  Hasn’t made a difference in the availability of methamphetamine  Precursors to amphetamine are now available in Mexico (funded Mexican cartels) Mechanism of Action: Cocaine and Amphetamines  All stimulants block reuptake of monoamines (dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine)  important of regulation in mood  2 things that can happen to it o Enzyme breakdown – neurotransmitter molecule destroyed o Reuptake – taken back up into the axon terminal that released it  Block reuptake of dopamine molecules o Dopamine is binding to some of the dopamine receptors o Cocaine is not an agonist – it’s binding to the transporter molecules (reaching out into the synapse, grabbing the dopamine, and sucking it back up into the synapse)  Cocaine is blocking the ability of these transporter molecules to clean dopamine out of the synapse o Essentially, dopamine molecules are going to stay in the synapse longer and bind to dopamine receptors for a much more extended period of time o In the short run, you’re going to get a tremendous storm of dopamine activity & all dopamine pathways will be hyperactive o Most of the effects of cocaine and amphetamines are mediated by dopamine  One characteristic of withdrawal is monoamine depletion o Imagine you are on a binge of stimulant use o Monoamines start to deplete o You will crash (not eating or sleeping)  Principal withdrawal symptom: depression (“cocaine blues”) o Experience anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure) o Dopaminergic pathway isn’t producing enough dopamine Sympathomimetic Effects  Physical effects of stimulant drugs  Symptoms: o Increased heartrate o Increased blood pressure o Increased respiratory rate o Pupil dilation o Increased sweating o Changes in blood flow  More blood flow to big muscle groups  More blood flow to brain  Part of the Anorectic effects may be due to the fact that you’re reducing blood flow to the gut  Some of the psychological effects are due to increased level of oxygen that you’re delivering to the brain Stimulant Effects  Insomnia (suppresses sleep)  Anorexia (suppresses appetite)  Dry mouth (“meth mouth”) o Chronic use leads to teeth deterioration o Bacteria forms more readily  Alertness & Arousal o Research started in the 1950s and 60s o Had military personnel in Alaska watching radar screens o Complete a vigilance task (seated in small room and told to click the mouse any time you see a specific target presented on the screen) o Stimulant drugs (especially amphetamines) will cause tremendous reduction in errors o Allows you to pay attention in a dull environment for an extended period of time  Sexual Effects o Impotence in men (erectile dysfunction)


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