Uppers and Downers: The Facts About Stimulants and Depressants

(DVD) 2006, Grades 7 – 12, 16 minutes, Closed-Captioned, Human Relations Media This documentary explains how abuse of stimulants harms the brain and the body. Experts talk about the biological impact of using stimulants including caffeine, ADHD prescription medications Ritalin and Adderall, nicotine, amphetamine, cocaine, crack, and Ecstasy (MDMA). Experts also talk about the impact of depressants including alcohol, barbiturates and sleeping pills, tranquilizers, Rohypnol and GHB. The video explains the highly addictive nature of these drugs as the body’s tolerance increases, thus requiring larger and larger doses to get the same effects. Program includes a teacher’s resource book, student activities, fact sheets, and more.

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