Legal Age for Caffeine?

Two Separate Assignments

HUS 4442: Substance Abuse and the Family
Required Textbooks: Hart, C.L. & Ksir, C. (2014). Drugs, society, and human behavior (17th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9781259913860
Important Note: Quoted material is not allowed for coursework

Module 5

Familiar Drugs

In this module, we will explore some of the effects of familiar drugs such as tobacco, caffeine, and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and supplements.

Smoking causes many chronic diseases, such as lung cancer, heart disease, and a variety of respiratory diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2009), tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States (para. 1)

Caffeine is a bitter substance that is naturally produced in the leaves of many plants. It can also be produced artificially. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, nuts, and some medicines. It is considered a drug because it stimulates the central nervous system and produces a variety of effects on the body s metabolism. As you will read in your text, caffeine is thought to be the world s most common psychostimulant.

Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and dietary supplements are products that can be purchased without a prescription. They are commonly used to treat symptoms of minor injuries (i.e., muscle aches, cuts, abrasions) or illnesses (i.e., cold, cough, headache, etc.) that may not require the supervision of a doctor or medical professional. There are thousands of OTC products on the market, ranging from acne products to vitamins to weight-loss products. OTC products are not closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, and consumers should be careful to make wise, informed decisions about which ones they choose to purchase and use.


• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2009). Tobacco use: Targeting the nation’s leading killer. Accessed August 17, 2009, from

Required Readings:
• Textbook: Chapters 10, 11, 12

First Assignment

Module 5 Discussion Forum 1

Smoking Effects on the Family

In a post of at least 150 words discuss, what effects might smoking have on other members in a household (think beyond the obvious secondhand smoke issues)? If you grew up in a home with smokers, think about your experiences. Do you think smoking is a “solitary habit”?
• Submit your first original post of at least 150 words

Second Assignment

Module 5 Discussion Forum 2

Legal Age for Caffeine?

In a post of at least 150 words discuss: Should there be a “legal age limit” for the use of caffeine? In other words, do you think that it should be illegal for children, adolescents, and teens to consume or be served caffeine or caffeinated products? Defend your answer – provide appropriate citations.
• Submit your first original post of at least 150 words

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