CHD440 Drugs, Values and Society
Lead Faculty: Dr. Nicole Polen-Petit
An examination of the history of substance use and abuse in the United States. Examines individual and institutional values that underpin chemically dependent behavior as well as socio-cultural factors, including media images, consumer product advertising, myths and stereotypes and subculture/life-style issues. Provides an overview of the social services structure, including outreach, education, prevention and treatment models.
- Identify the historical/cultural changes in the United States that have affected the use and misuse of drugs.
- Describe the physiology and pharmacology of drug action.
- Recall the basic characteristics and explain the use and abuse of the major psychoactive drugs: alcohol, stimulants, cannabis, nicotine, hallucinogens, inhalants, opiates, and depressants.
- Compare the similarities and differences between the major approaches to the treatment of chemical dependency.
- Describe the influence of the media and cultural mores on drug use and abuse.
- Evaluate the relative effectiveness of current drug laws, drug education programs, and drug prevention programs.