This course provides an overview of the epidemiology and toxicology of substance abuse and its relevance to personal and public health. Students will be introduced to the concept of substance abuse and dependence, the definition of licit and illicit drugs, and the pharmacologic, neurologic and physiologic effects of selected substances on the human brain. The course will explore and discuss the political, social and economic factors involved in the supply and demand for drugs. The course will cover epidemiologic data on the prevalence, incidence, and trends of smoking, alcohol, prescription and other drug dependencies in the U.S. as well as risk factors associated with the use and abuse of these substances. Coursework will include a survey of current options for drug addiction recovery, as well as, available resources to support prevention and intervention of drug addiction.
Textbook is pictured above and can be older and new versions. Plus access a great online resource here http://health.jbpub.com/drugsandsociety/11e/
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STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES- By End of Class Students will be able to do the following:
- Students will identify differences between drug use, misuse and abuse.
- Students will analyze drug laws and evaluate situations related to substance abuse.
- Students will identify neurological and physiological responses to types of drugs, as well as their classifications.
- Students will analyze local incidence, prevalence and trend data in drug, tobacco and alcohol use and determine areas of need.
- Demonstrate ability to conduct research in available resources in local community and provide gaps analysis.
- Drugs, and Society Twelfth Edition (11th edition is acceptable, although be prepared for differences and be ready to cross reference when needed to PPT and library resources)
- Online resources at http://health.jbpub.com/drugsandsociety/11e/
- Materials posted on Canvas Class Site (Electronic Access Needed)
- PPT slides will be posted on Canvas prior to class
- Reading material such as newspaper articles, discussion items will be posted prior to class.