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Purvez, Akhtar

Summary: Dr. Akhtar Purvez offers basic information about pain and pain conditions and considers how we approach pain from cultural, biological, and medical perspectives. He discusses the latest minimally invasive, interventional approaches like nerve blocks and ablation procedures, and neuromodulation techniques like peripheral nerve, spinal cord, and brain stimulation. The uses of marijuana and...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Rowman & Littlefield 2018

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Summary: Set in the Canadian addiction treatment center of Edgewood, this program explores the private world of substance abuse rehabilitation through the eyes of six addicts and their families. Despite varied backgrounds, the goal of these patients is to turn their backs on substance dependence by facing their addiction and to arrive clean and sober to Cake Night, the monthly celebration of recovery....

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Over-the-counter medications provide a ready supply of potentially harmful substances to uninformed consumers and possible abusers alike. After opening with a general discussion of addiction and the personality type that commonly falls prey to addiction, this program examines non-prescription pharmaceutical drugs and their capacity for misuse and abuse. The inherent risks of drug abuse are...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: In this program, three well-meaning friends take their buddy Bryant "HairKutt" Johnson to a remote cabin for a week of improvised detox in the hope of helping him break his 15-year addiction to heroin. But when withdrawal turns to internal bleeding and life-threatening dehydration, they have to rush him to a hospital, where life and death hang in the balance. HairKutt survives, but becomes...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: Using sophisticated 3-D animation, this program, divided into two parts, takes viewers on a journey deep into the brain to study the effects of the three substances. The first part illustrates the major functions of the brain and shows how its principal cells, the neurons, communicate with each other through electrical and chemical signals. In the second part, animated molecules of nicotine,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Spanning the realms of science, law enforcement, and drug addiction, this program exposes a hazard that is spreading through cities and crossing international borders: methamphetamines. Viewers meet meth users with ruined lives, ride along with cops as they raid meth labs, and discover the brain science behind the drug's potent rush. Graphics vividly portray the chemical warfare raging within...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: Aided by powerful new diagnostic tools, scientists are making dramatic discoveries about how addiction affects the brain. In this program, Moyers goes into the laboratory to follow researchers engaged in charting an "image of desire" in the brain. We actually see images of a cocaine user's brain as the drug takes effect, and a doctor explains how these scans reveal addiction as a chronic...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Many experts consider methamphetamine, also called crank or crystal meth, a greater drug problem than cocaine and heroin combined. Meth leaves tragedy after tragedy in its wake-addiction, crime, burn victims, neglected children, and toxic materials. This program measures meth's shocking impact on one Tennessee town. It examines the phenomenon of ever-widening abuse of the drug, the legislation...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: This documentary takes viewers on a tour of the world's most prolific manufacturer and user of drugs-the human brain. The biochemistry of the brain is responsible for joggers' highs, for the compulsion of some people to seek thrills, for certain kinds of obsessive-compulsive behavior, even for the drive to achieve power and dominance. The program explores developments in the biochemistry of...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Like an avenue filled with neon signs, the brain's so-called pleasure pathway can light up or go dark, depending on what sort of stimulation it receives. This program explores the workings of the human nerve center under the influence of cocaine, amphetamines, and other stimulants, and shows how our understanding of brain disorders and drug addiction has increased by studying these drugs....

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: Danielle's father is an alcoholic, as are both of Luke's parents. Nicole's mother is recovering from crack cocaine addiction. How have these teenagers dealt with such overwhelming conditions? This video explores the emotional confusion and trauma affecting children of substance abusers, showing how many young people are able to break the cycle of addiction and create a healthy pattern for their...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: The vast majority of drug addicts are not criminals; tobacco and alcohol, both perfectly legal in most societies, are used and abused in staggering abundance. This program details the ways smoking and drinking chemically take hold of the brain. Explaining the many reasons-besides nicotine-for tobacco's stealthy effects, the program describes the existence of thousands of other addictive...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: As has occurred with most drugs, the neurological effects of cannabis have only recently been fully identified and understood. This program presents some of the latest findings, including new investigations into the clinical applications of the drug. Focusing on studies of the nerve-related mechanisms triggered by the action of cannabis, the program highlights potential changes in the social...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: Hallucinogenic plants may be the oldest drugs in the world, and were probably used in rituals during prehistoric times. In the 20th century, LSD and ecstasy became the hallucinogens of choice. This program recounts how science has gradually become aware of the properties of hallucinogens, both natural and synthetic. It also provides a detailed look at the effects of such substances on the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: In terms of lost and reduced productivity, migraines cost U.S. employers more than

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2007

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Summary: Sadly, tobacco use among young people is on the increase. This program, targeted at middle and high school students in both urban and rural areas, tries to persuade viewers not to smoke or chew tobacco, and coaches them on how to quit if they already do. The focus is on the toll which nicotine takes on the body. Graphic examples of people with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, cancer of the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This video presents a summary of this class of drugs and then details its constituent parts: solvents and aerosols, nitrites, and nitrous oxide. A doctor of pharmacology, an addiction specialist, police officers, a historian, recovering addicts, and others delve into the history and biological effects of these drugs. Together, they share case studies and personal experiences to address the use,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Chemical addiction is now being treated like a disease, and a cure appears to be on the horizon. Approaching the topic of heroin, cocaine, alcohol, and nicotine addiction from a biological perspective, this program features new research into the meso-limbic reward pathway and efforts to implement treatments based on that research using Zyban, Naltrexone implants, and even a cocaine vaccine....

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This video describes PCP and the veterinary anesthetic ketamine. A police officer, an addiction specialist, an addiction counselor, a veterinarian, and recovering users review the history and biological effects of PCP and ketamine, employing case studies and personal experience to assess their use, abuse, and hazards-including false feelings of invincibility, flashbacks, and even psychosis.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This video examines the use and abuse of anabolic steroids and GHB, a synthetic steroid-like substance and date-rape drug. Former NFL player Charles Hunt and a pharmacist, a police officer, an addiction counselor, a trainer, a swim coach, a recovering abuser, and others explore the history and biological effects of steroids, using case studies and personal experience to probe anabolic steroid...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Cheap, accessible, powerful, and tragically misunderstood is a description that neatly sums up the class of drugs known as inhalants. This program offers the straight dope on how the vapors of easily obtained substances such as hair spray, paint thinner, and gasoline are abused, including the mechanics of metabolization and the debilitating short- and long-term side effects. The program is an...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2006

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Summary: In this video, a pharmacist, an addiction counselor, a police officer, a historian, a pastor, and recovering users provide background on psychedelics and hallucinogens as a class of drugs, and study the history and biological effects of mescaline, psilocybin, LSD, and the designer drug MDMA. Utilizing case studies and personal experience, they explore the uses, abuses, and hazards of these...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: Beginning with an overview of stimulants as a class of drugs, this video examines caffeine, nicotine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, and cocaine-in both powder and crack form. A doctor of pharmacology, police officers, an addiction specialist, a historian, recovering addicts, and others profile the history and biological effects of stimulants, employing case studies and personal experience to...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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Summary: This video examines THC and the cannabinoids marijuana, hashish, and hash oil. Expert commentary is presented by former NFL player Charles Hunt, a pharmacist, a police officer, addiction counselors, a historian, a pastor, recovering addicts, and others. Together, they explain the history and biological effects of THC, investigating its use, abuse, and hazards, and its reputation as a gateway drug.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2005

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