This course provides an overview of the use and abuse of legal and illicit drugs from a psychological perspective. The course covers the prevalence of use and abuse of psychoactive drugs, both historically and currently; the physiological mechanisms of action of different categories of psychoactive drugs; the individual and societal determinants and consequences of drug use; and the relevance of these issues to prevention and treatment programs. It is recommended that PSY 100 and/or BIO 102 be taken before or concurrently with this course. This course contains material previously taught in PSY 130.
Level I Prereq: Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6