Module 6: how drugs work: facilitator's guide

2.4 Finding more information about how drugs work

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You can find more information about how drugs work from the following:

Overhead transparency

Workplace learning activity

This list is not exhaustive. Find out which agency/ies in your local area provide information about how drugs work.

Summary

Overhead transparency

  • Pharmacology is the study of how drugs work in the body.
  • Psycho-active drugs commonly affect a person's mood, behaviour or thinking ability and act upon the brain.
  • There are other drugs such that are purely medicinal and do not have a psycho-active effect (e.g. cholesterol-lowering medication).
  • Young people are the largest consumers of drugs in our community so it is necessary for frontline workers to understand how drugs work.