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Effect of drugs in our body - Therapeutic Community "Viver Mais “ - 18 and 25/1/17

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The Educational Project "(Vi)ver Mais:The reality silenced by dependency" is linked to the curriculum internship of Elisabete Martins in the scope of the Master in Education - Specialization in Adult Education and Community Intervention, under the supervision of Clara Costa Oliveira, developed at "Viver Mais" - Therapeutic Community - Braga (dependences treatment). 

The present project aims at promoting the personal and social development of the community members, through a set of interest areas chosen by them. It is in the context of one of these areas - "The Science of our life" that the partnership with STOL - Science Through Our Lives (Alexandra Nobre) takes place. It´s aou goal to demystify the concept of Science and to approach the target public through various activities that meet their needs and curiosities. Photos of Elisabete Martins. 

Session 3 - 18/1/2017 - "Effect of drugs on our body - tobacco ". A small exhibition was held with images allusive to the components of tobacco, its origin (tobacco plant) and the consequences that tobacco consumption has on our body. The audience was invited to analyze the available materials (several images, the roll up "Homo numericus - Addicts and addictions",  a giant model of a cigarette, ...) and, based on the information present in them, followed a group discussion that generated great enthusiasm.

Session 4 - 25/1/2017 - "Effect of drugs on our body - cocaine, heroin and hashish”. Similar to what happened in the previous session, a set of images was exposed in the therapy room. These were related to: the risks of reusing syringes, the effects and consequences of prolonged drug use, the global production and marketing drug routes. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)) of syringe needles, a blood vessel, lemon peel and a cigarette filter, the latter two used for the consumption of heroin were also shown. In the course of the session, an activity was carried out which aimed at associating the drugs mentioned above to their geographic area of origin, to the plant they come from, to the different forms of consumption and to their appearance / mode of presentation. The session was concluded with a discussion on the effects and consequences that the consumption of each of these drugs can cause in the human body.

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