The Science of Addiction presentation will address the neurological ramifications 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. Participants will also be able to identify ways on how to apply risk reduction behaviors to protect themselves from substance use and risky situations. The Science of Addiction is an interactive presentation involving discussion and activities.

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

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