Module 6: how drugs work: learner's workbook

Topic 12: Summary and conclusion

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(A good point for student to contact facilitator.)

At this point you should speak with your facilitator and together assess whether you can:
  • Classify common psycho-active drugs according to their effect on the central nervous system
  • Outline the major short and long-term effects of psycho-active drugs
  • Discuss key issues in pharmacology such as tolerance, withdrawal, overdose, dependence and interaction
  • Describe the harmful effects on young people resulting from AOD use.
If you have any concerns about meeting these learning outcomes you should speak further with your facilitator.

Before you contact your facilitator, complete the Reflection Activity in this topic.

Remember that if you want to know more about any of the topics covered in this module, a range of references are provided at the end of this module.

You could also contact your local health service or youth service for further information.

12.2 Summary of contents

In this module you have explored how mind-altering drugs of different types act on young people. Some key issues in pharmacology have been covered that may help you respond more appropriately to the needs of young people with alcohol and other drug problems.

12.3 Self-reflection activity

Task - writing exercise/group activity

Take some time to reflect on what you have gained from your learning. You may wish to share your insights with other learners or colleagues, if possible.
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Question - What aspect of this module do you feel is most relevant and useful in your work practice?

Question - What kinds of issues has this module raised for you in your work?

Question - Have you identified any further learning needs as a result of completing this module?

Question - If so, what are some ways you can achieve these learning needs?