1. This chapter explains various properties of drugs and their effects on the user. Think of a middle-aged person who are moderate drinkers. Based on the properties discussed, what do you think are the some of the effects alcohol will have on the brain and central nervous system, if any, of alcohol consumption? Is there a health justification for drinking alcohol during middle age?
2. This chapter discusses the characteristics of drugs including the drug dosage and the response to the user. Certain dosages have no noticeable effects, while others have greater impact on the user. What opioids have low effects and what opioids have a greater effect. What are some external factors that can affect the effects of the drug?
3. The chapter discusses the composition of drugs and how this can affect the drug’s effects. Street drugs are not generally subjected to the same quality controls as prescription and over the counter drugs. How can lack of quality control affect the quality of street drugs, and how does this affect the quantity of drugs one takes to receive the same effect?