HUS 2403  Abused Substances and their Effects credits: 3

This course is a comprehensive survey of abused substances and their impact on the human body and upon society. The pathophysiological effects of substance abuse are emphasized while historical, legal, medical, social, and ethical issues are reviewed. The classes of drugs examined include major and minor tranquilizers, sedatives and hypnotics, narcotics, stimulants, and hallucinogens. The primary focus will be upon heroin, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol.