The Science of Addiction is designed for participants with an interest in health and science. The presentation addresses the body’s response when a psychoactive drug is introduced in the brain. At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to categorize drugs hallucinogens, stimulants, and depressants and explain the characteristics of each, identify the neurotransmitters impacted by the introduction of the psychoactive drugs and describe the symptoms of drug use based on the neurotransmitters involved. In addition, participants will understand the biological constructs of tolerance and withdrawal. The Science of Addiction is an interactive presentation involving discussion and interactive activities that reinforce healthy decision-making and refusal skills necessary for risky situations.

Grade Level: 10th – 12th
Program Length: 60 – 75 minutes

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