Title:        Pathology of Drug Abuse
Date & Time:  Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 10 AM
Lecturer:     The Pathology Team

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Pathology of Illegal Drug Use
WebPath Tutorial

I see the Truth, when I'm all stupid-eyed...

          -- Nine Inch Nails, "The Perfect Drug"

    * I can't explain to you why people do the illegal drugs or drink heavily.

      Of course, every culture, from stone-age to high tech, has parties where a bunch of people get goofy on the same drug. The same anthropologists who praise this as a "cherished cultural tradition" among primitives may not carry this over to America's illegal drug culture (Subst. Abuse 37: 853, 2002). How are the situations alike, and how are they different?

      Especially, decide how much of this behavior is identity-group membership. This might explain why minority groups (racial minorities, "disenfranchised youth") usually prefer different intoxicants and/or patterns of consumption than the majority culture.

      Not surprisingly, cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression seems to help intractable drug-abusers (Arch. Gen. Psych. 68: 577, 2011).

Sportin' Life
Bess and Sportin' Life: "Happy Dust"

Less Than Zero
* Centers or wooden frames are put under the arches of a bridge, to remain no longer than till the latter are consolidated, and then are thrown away or cast into the fire. Even so, sinful pleasures are the devil's scaffolding to build a habit upon; and once formed and fixed; the pleasures are sent for firewood, and hell begins in this life.

        -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, opium addict

Lacerations and incisions
Cocaine "excited delirium"
WebPath Photo

Dead body packer
WebPath Photo

Anna Nicole Smith
Chloral hydrate overdose
Coexisting morbidities

{07615} tattoo on public-spirited person

Montana Meth Project
Drug-ed ads.


      You're studied heroin, morphine, meperidine, codeine, and the others in your pharmacology class. All are treacherously addictive.

      Heroin, morphine, and meperidine are usually taken by needle (intravenous or skin-popping; there are ways of inhaling "the dragon" heroin). Codeine, hydrocodone, and oxycodone are taken orally.

      Your lecturer is not impressed with the adverse personality or health consequences of opiate use itself (well, it's constipating and bad for the libido).

      However, the stuff is addictive, expensive, and illegal (which causes some of the problems) and overdose is very lethal. Stories from eyewitnesses describe collapse, gurgling, and a massive gush of foam from the mouth.

opium poppies being harvested
Poppies are Also Flowers

Drug abuser "works"
WebPath Photo

Heroin-cocaine death
Note foam around mouth
Supposedly Chris Farley

{08170} heroin tracks

Starch granules in tissue
Warning: Gross out
Dino Laporte's PathosWeb

Subcutaneous bleed
Needle user
WebPath Photo

Needle scars
WebPath Photo

Crystals in the lungs of drug abusers
Lung pathology series
Dr. Warnock's Collection

Talc in the lungs
WebPath Photo

{07062} talc in heroin-abuser's lung

Van Gogh
After the first glass you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see them as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible sight in the world.

        -- Oscar Wilde

    CANNABIS (marijuana, pot, grass, hashish, etc.; "I did not inhale" -- Bill; "Life is way too short to be self-absorbed" -- Ed)

The Case Against Marijuana
For the fraternity
By Ed

What did the two stoners say to each other when they finally ran out of marijuana?

"Hey, this music sounds terrible!"