Study of the use, misuse and abuse of drugs and other harmful substances in today's society. Physiological, sociological, pharmacological and psychological factors will be emphasized.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 1. Analyze the physiological, pharmacological and psychological effects of licit and illicit drugs, related to use, misuse and abuse including (but not limited to) alcohol, tobacco, performance enhancing, over-the-counter prescription, and designer/synthetic drugs. 2. Evaluate the sociological impact of drugs within the context of health literacy, recreational use, social implications, stereotypes, family dynamics and work environments. 3. Articulate and apply behaviors related to personal responsibility including (but not limited to) healthy attitudes and behaviors, refusal skills, decision-making, and risk-taking behavior. 4. Compare and contrast how dependence and addiction occurs including (but not limited to) treatments and prevention strategies. 5. Survey the historical influence on the drug-oriented society, sport and cultural beliefs and its bearing on personal drug behavior to include (but not limited to) laws that arise related to substance use, misuse, and abuse.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0