This course is intended for the distance education learner. An overview of drug use in society and as a social problem is provided. Preventing and treating substance abuse will be briefly addressed. Laws regulating drugs will be reviewed. The way various drugs work in the body, affect mood, thought and behavior will be covered. Specific drugs addressed in detail will be stimulants, depressants and inhalants, medications for mental disorders, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, over the counter drugs, opiods, hallucinogens, marijuana, and performance enhancing drugs.
All exams will be taken on Blackboard/WebCT during the prescribed time period. Each exam will contain only questions from those modules, power point presentations and chapters assigned. No exams will be comprehensive and all will be multiple choice.
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EXAM 1: covers the power points and chapters below
Power point presentations Modules Chapters
1.Drug use: An Overview 1- History 1
2.Drug use as a social problem 2- Abuse and Dependence 2
3.Drug products and their regulations 3
EXAM 2: covers the power points and chapters below
4.The nervous system 4
5.The actions of drugs 5
EXAM 3: covers the power points and chapters below
6.Stimulants 3- Betel Nut 6
7.Depressants and inhalants 7
8.Medications for mental disorders 8
EXAM 4: covers the power points and chapters below
9.Alcohol 4 - Kava 9
12.Dietary supplements & OTC drugs 12
EXAM 5: covers the power points and chapters below
16.Performance enhancing drugs 16
EXAM 6: covers the power points and chapters below
17.Preventing substance abuse 17
18.Treating Substance abuse and dependence 18
STudents must earn 90% of total available points for an A, 80% for a B, 70% for a C and 60% for a D.
Internet by due dates posted on Blackboard
Late assignments/test will be penalized one letter grade.
Professor monitors student participation on Blackboard.