Students will learn and apply knowledge of basic principles of drug use, misuse, and addiction. The history of drug laws and public policy in the United States of America; the fundamental rules of drug action; an overview of cell permeability and neuronal functioning; and seven major drug categories will be covered. Students will apply their knowledge as the course progresses through interactive group activities and in-class assignments, with an emphasis on socio-cultural and clinical applications of the material.
Covered topics include: drugs in contemporary society, historical context of drug use and public policy in the U.S., basics of cellular process, roles and functions of five neurotransmitters, human neuronal physiology, the human brain, addiction theories, and the history, effects, and interactive properties, dangers, and clinical considerations of stimulants, depressants, opiates, marijuana, hallucinogens, inhalants, club drugs, and mental health drugs.
Please note: This is a "self-support" course. This self-support fee listed above replaces the cost of regular tuition and is paid regardless of student residency status or total course load. Course fees are subject to change at anytime. For more information on tuition consult the Registrar's Office. Students using financial aid, VA benefits, or other scholarships should review the details of their financial package to confirm that self-support fee courses are covered.