Module 6: how drugs work: learner's workbook

8.2 Tolerance

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Question - What is your understanding of the term 'tolerance' in relation to AOD issues?

Answer - (Write your answer, then check the possible answers page.)

Question - Is the concept of tolerance relevant to young people? If so, how?

Answer - (Write your answer, then check the possible answers page.)

Case study - John

John is a 17-year-old who was arrested for theft and sent to a juvenile correctional facility. At the time of his arrest, he was using two to three $50 shots of heroin per day, and his tolerance to heroin was quite high.

John spent three months in the juvenile facility, during which time he did not use heroin. He ingested rohypnol tablets on three occasions during his first week there, but since then, had not used any other drugs.

John was released from the juvenile facility, and went to the refuge accommodation that a social worker had arranged for him. He wasn't happy there and went out to find some of the friends he used to hang out with prior to his arrest.

Task - writing exercise

Question - What might happen to John if he used a $50 shot of heroin again that evening?

Question - What factors might influence whether John experienced an overdose or not? (Hint: See topic on drug effects).