Psychoactive drugs chemically alter the brain and change the way we feel, think, perceive and understand our world.
We are in a psychoactive drug epidemic in our country, most notably the opioids, because of their tragic death toll.
Here are nine things that matter when it comes to drugs:
1. Age. It’s one thing to start drinking or smoking dope when you are 21. It is very different when at 12 or 13 or 15, even 18.
2. Set. Set means the unique biological, neurological, psychological and experiential qualities of the user. Set creates a personal vulnerability and selective responsivity do substances.
3. Route of Administration. How fast a substance gets to and bathes our neurons with its receptor-loving chemical configuration makes a big difference.
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