Below are a selection of essays first featured as part of
exclusive online content for 'Big
Picture: Addiction'. Published twice a year, 'Big Picture' is a
free post-16 resource for teachers that explores issues around
biology and medicine.
Find out more about the 'Big Picture' series.
Addiction in books and films
Addiction is a powerful theme in film and literature. Danny
Birchall takes us through a selection of books and films - both
classic and more modern titles - in which addiction plays a major
Drugs and the brain: A quick guide to
Get the low-down on some of the major chemicals that govern
activity in our brains, how they work, and why certain drugs have
the effects they do. By Barry Gibb.
The ethics of cognitive
Would you pop a pill to improve your brain power? Do you think
everyone should be able to take such medication if they want to?
Penny Bailey talked to one researcher who works in the field of
ethics to hear his views on these so-called 'cognitive
Drug classifcation: Should mephedrone be
Mephedrone (also known as 'meow meow', 'MCAT' and 'bubble') has
been in the news a lot lately. What do you think about the decision
to make using or dealing this drug illegal in the UK? By Amy