The American Disease: Drugs and Drug Control in the USA

VU Course ID: HM424
Curriculum: 10 weeks, 3-6 hours per week
Textbooks: None
Prerequisites: None
Instructors: Kevin A. Sabet, Scott Teitelbaum, Michael F. Nias
Provider: University of Florida
Recordable: Proof of completion or verified certificate available from the provider. This class can be recorded in your Virtual University e-transcript.

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Course Description

This free online course from the University of Florida introduces e-learners to the history and practice of American drug laws and their origins, and the complex task of drug policy analysis. The course also tackles contemporary issues in drug control, such as marijuana policy and prescription drug misuse. At the completion of this course, students should be able to: understand federal and state responses to drugs from the late 1800s to the present; analyze drug policies to determine how well they advance intended goals; and describe how processes in the brain are affected by drugs and addiction.

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Part 1: A Short History of Drug Control

Unit 1 – Course Introduction and Syllabus
Unit 2 – Drugs in the New Republic and Federal and State Responses
Unit 3 – The Nixon Era
Unit 4 – After Nixon – Present
Unit 5 – Introduction to Drug Policy analysis (Use Reduction & Harm Reduction)

Part 2: Special Topics in Drug Control

Unit 6 – Marijuana Policy
Unit 7 – Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs
Unit 8 – The Brain and Addiction
Unit 9 – Law Enforcement and Crime
Unit 10 – Global and Innovative Approaches ~ Leave yourself notes in the cloud!

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