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The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana

The Brain & the Actions of Cocaine, Opiates, and Marijuana

This teaching packet consists of a narrative script used to accompany a slide set.
Instructions for creating the slides for use with this presentation are provided. The
objective of the teaching packet is to inform students (high school) how 3 drugs of abuse (cocaine,
opiates, marijuana) actually work in the brain. The packet is arranged in 3 sections. The first section
introduces the brain and presents some basic neurobiology, the second introduces the reward
pathway and the third presents the mechanism of action of each drug and how each affects the
reward system.
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