ERIC Number: ED030132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Biochemistry of Psychoactive Drugs.
Abood, Leo G.
The effect of psychochemicals on the higher central nervous system, and recent theories regarding drug addiction are discussed. The effect of drugs upon each individual is different. Many drugs have no effect on the brain because of a blood-brain barrier. However, alterations in the rate and character of one's metabolic pattern can lead to profound changes in brain function. Some psychochemicals exert their action by influencing the production and action of chemical transmitters, substances needed to stimulate or suppress brain activity. The chemistry involved in nerve cell activity and the effects of various drugs upon this activity are discussed as are the problems of drug synthesis and drug use by young people. (PS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Food and Drug Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Detroit, MI.
Note: Paper presented at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Drug Education Conference, Washington, D.C., November 7-8, 1966.