May 20, 2024

Psychosocial Pharmacy: Drugs of misuse and abuse

Psychosocial Pharmacy: Drugs of misuse and abuse

Chapter 2 Notes 2.1 Demography and Family Planning 2.2 Mother and child health 2.3 Importance of breastfeeding, 2.4 Ill effects of infant milk substitutes and bottle feeding 2.5 Overview of Vaccines, 2.6 Types of immunity 2.7 Immunization 2.8 Effect of Environment on Health 2.8.1 Water pollution Importance of safe drinking water, waterborne diseases 2.8.2 Air pollution 2.8.3 Noise pollution 2.8.4 Sewage and solid waste disposal 2.8.5 Occupational illnesses 2.8.6 Environmental pollution due to pharmaceuticals 2.8.7 Psychosocial Pharmacy: Drugs of misuse and abuse – psychotropics, narcotics, alcohol, tobacco products.

Psychosocial pharmacy, also known as psychopharmacology, is a branch of pharmacy that deals with the study of drugs affecting the mind and behavior. It involves understanding how medications, particularly psychoactive substances, interact with the brain and influence mental processes.

Drugs of misuse and abuse are substances that have the potential for addiction, dependence, and negative consequences on an individual’s physical and mental health. These drugs can be categorized into various classes, including:


Drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, and methamphetamine stimulate the central nervous system, increasing alertness, energy, and euphoria. They carry a high risk of addiction and can have severe health consequences.


Depressant drugs, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines (e.g., diazepam, alprazolam), and barbiturates, slow down brain activity and induce relaxation. They can lead to sedation, impaired judgment, and addiction.


Opioids include drugs such as heroin, morphine, and prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone. They act on the brain’s opioid receptors, producing pain relief and feelings of euphoria. Opioids are highly addictive and carry a significant risk of overdose.


Hallucinogenic substances, like LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and MDMA (ecstasy), alter perception, thoughts, and emotions. They can induce hallucinations and profound changes in consciousness.


Cannabis, also known as marijuana or weed, contains psychoactive compounds, primarily THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). It can produce euphoria, relaxation, altered perception, and cognitive impairment.


Inhalants refer to volatile substances like solvents, aerosols, and gases that are inhaled to produce mind-altering effects. Examples include glue, paint thinners, and nitrous oxide. Inhalants can cause significant damage to the brain, lungs, and other organs.

Understanding the pharmacology, effects, risks, and management of drugs of misuse and abuse is essential for healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and prescribers. They play a crucial role in educating patients about the potential dangers, monitoring the appropriate use of medications, and offering support for addiction treatment and rehabilitation.

It’s important to note that the information provided here is for educational purposes only and not meant to replace professional medical advice. If you have concerns about drugs of misuse and abuse or suspect that you or someone you know may have a substance use disorder, it is recommended to seek help from a qualified healthcare professional or addiction specialist.

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