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SOC 2023-002 Casso Week 1

by: Maximina Dinneen

SOC 2023-002 Casso Week 1 SOC 2023

Maximina Dinneen
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These notes will cover chapter 1 based on both in class lecture from that week and extra based on by own readings from the book. Disclaimer: These are my notes, what I've taken from the book an...
Social Context of Drug Use
Dr. Casso
Class Notes
sociology, 2023, UTSA




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Date Created: 08/26/16
Social context of drugs: + Alcohol is a drug, because it affects your nervous system  Society tends to think caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes (Nicotine), and prescription drugs are okay because they are legal + Different between drugs and medicine?  Medicine is socially constructed, what is appropriate and not. But they are the same because both are "drugs."  Medicine has "desirable" effects  We decide a certain times of when they're legal and not legal + At one point drugs like cocaine, heroin, opium, and pot were sold on shelves and legal but racism was a major reason in them becoming illegal against ethnic groups like African Americans, Mexican Americans, etc. Classifications of drugs: + Psychoactive drugs: Drugs that affect the central nervous system in some way  Central nervous system  Thought process  Emotions responses  Perception of the world around you may be skewed  Our moods from moment to moment + You behave in ways that you normally wouldn't and they can either turn out good or really bad and disastrous. + We try to understand not only what these drugs do to us, but how they affect the body as well.  Measure by ingestion (Dosage)  Routes of administration o Syringe o Consumption o Snorting o Smoking (Quickest route of administration)  Potency of what is being taken o Legal dose (Recommended) o Lethal dose (Not recommended, fatal)  Psychoactive drug affects o Subjective effects: what people report, even if that's not what it's supposed to do which is highly effected by the setting  Environments o Ones own home o Concerts o Parties o Clubs + Chronic effects of drugs: Long-term effects on the body through continued use and abuse  Teeth  Liver  Hair loss  Weight loss or weight gain  Heart  Brain  Lungs + Objective effects: scientifically found that these things that will happen to you + Drug addiction happens from continuous use Drug use: + Drug use:  Using drugs is not the same as abusing drugs  Includes illegal and legal drugs  Different levels of use (frequency) + Drug abuse:  Consequences, not only for our own person but the people and world around use + Drug addiction:  People are "enslaved" to the drugs (Enslavement model) + Drugs deemed acceptable  Alcohol (To an extent)  Nicotine  Caffeine + Drugs deemed unacceptable (Including but not limited to)  Cocaine  Heroine  Bath salts  Marijuana (Depending on person to person) Political atmosphere: + Many of the reasons behind the opinions based for the "drug problem" are moral, political, and economic + Federal, state, and local governments control the distribution of many psychoactive substances-- Also they permit but regulate many others like prescribed pharmaceuticals, tobacco products, and alcohol. + Drug scares have related greatly to the social construct of drugs  Reefer madness  Demon alcohol + Moral entrepreneurs Terminology of chapter 1:  Psychoactive drugs: Affect the central nervous system (CNR) in some way  Pharmacology: The study of how the biochemical substances we know as drugs effect the structure and function of the human body  Psychopharmacology: Focuses on the action of psychoactive drugs  Incidence: Concerned with how frequently someone takes a dose of a given drug  Prevalence: Concerned with what segment of the population has used a give drug, or drug in general, in a specific period of time  Social construction: This is what leads the public opinion--at any point, for the public opinion to change--labeling of a drug is a complex process  Objective drug effects: Results from being under the influence of a substance and can be measured reliably  Subjective drug effects: Cannot be measure reliably or on a consistent scale and are grounded in the experimental reality of the user  Setting: The location in which the drug use takes place  Route of administration: The method by which the drug is introduced into the body, this can greatly alter the effects of using a given drug  Polydrug use: Is when an individuals uses multiple substances at the same time  Effective dose: Similar to therapeutic  Lethal dose: Fatal dosage  Therapeutic dose: Pharmaceutically recommended dose  Potency: The strength of the drug in use, and to how much of the drug is necessary for an effective dose  Purity: Refers to the percentage of the drug sample that is actually the drug itself  Drug tolerance: The cumulative resistance to the pharmacological effect of a drug that develops in some users  Drug interaction: The effect of one drug on another when both are consumed  Antagonistic: Process through which one drug cancels the effect of another  Idiosyncratic effect: when sensitivity to the effect of one drug is greatly enhanced by the presence of another  Chronic effects: Effects that accumulate over time as one continues to use or abuse a particular substance  Drug use: Refers to the use of any chemical substance that acts like a drug, or that is believed to act like a drug  Drug abuse: The common belief of a large majority of the population, is that recreational use of any illegal drug constitutes as drug abuse  Drug addiction: A disease where misconfigured brain chemistry produces drug cravings  Drug dependence: Condition characterized by the physical, psychological, or behavioral need for a drug  Moral entrepreneurs: Individuals or groups who argue that they are ones who should define "the reality" of drugs and their users


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