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Mini Cases in Psychoactive Drugs
and Their Effects on the Brain
Scenario #1
by
Darlene A. Mitrano
Neuroscience Institute
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Instructions
The class will be divided into groups. Each group will be presented with a short scenario describing someone who is
abusing a psychoactive drug. After reading this scenario, you and your group need to do the following:
1. Determine what drug the individual in your case has been using and what led you to believe this.
2. Determine what the subjective effects of the drug are (i.e., what has a person reported feeling after using the drug).
3. Determine what ...view middle of the document...

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published September 2, 2011. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

“Mini Cases in Psychoactive Drugs and Their Effects on the Brain” by Darlene A. Mitrano

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CASE STUDY TEACHING IN SCIENCE

Mini Cases in Psychoactive Drugs
and Their Effects on the Brain
Scenario #2
by
Darlene A. Mitrano
Neuroscience Institute
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Instructions
The class will be divided into groups. Each group will be presented with a short scenario describing someone who is
abusing a psychoactive drug. After reading this scenario, you and your group need to do the following:
1. Determine what drug the individual in your case has been using and what led you to believe this.
2. Determine what the subjective effects of the drug are (i.e., what has a person reported feeling after using the drug).
3. Determine what receptors, transporters, or neurotransmitters could be involved and how the drug affects these
receptors, transporters, or neurotransmitters.
4. Create one PowerPoint slide that describes your findings on this drug.
5. You may use your textbook and at least one more source. List these on your PowerPoint slide or on a separate
sheet of paper.

It seems that all your classes have tests and papers due on the same day. You don’t know how you’re going to get
everything done before it’s time to leave for spring break. You tell your friend Sam, and he tells you to speak to his
“friend” Mike. Sam declares that “Mike just might have something that will help you out.” You agree, although you
aren’t really sure what Sam is referring to. You meet up with Sam’s “friend,” and he seems to be bouncing off the walls,
talking a mile a minute. He says he can offer you some stuff that will increase your alertness, help you pull a few
all-nighters, and even put you in a much better mood. He drops some white powder onto a mirror and divides it into
little lines and asks if you would like a sample. What drug is Mike abusing and offering you?

Case copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Originally
published September 2, 2011. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

“Mini Cases in Psychoactive Drugs and Their Effects on the Brain” by Darlene A. Mitrano

NATIONAL CENTER FOR CASE STUDY TEACHING IN SCIENCE

Mini Cases in Psychoactive Drugs
and Their Effects on the Brain
Scenario #3
by
Darlene A. Mitrano
Neuroscience Institute
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Instructions
The class will be divided into groups. Each group will be presented with a short scenario describing someone who is
abusing a psychoactive drug. After reading this scenario, you and your group need to do the following:
1. Determine what drug the individual in your case has been using and what...

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