Illicit Substance Use in Our Society
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPSY 3142
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Illicit drugs have a long and controversial history in the United States, from the days of opium houses and cocaine in soda to Prohibition and mandatory sentencing. This course is an overview of the use and abuse of illicit drugs and the role these drugs play in our society. We explore the physiological mechanisms associated with drug use, abuse, and addiction; the classification, evaluation, and diagnosis of drug use, abuse, and addiction; the theoretical understandings of addiction; and the differing approaches to addiction treatment. We also examine the social and historical context of drug use and abuse, theoretical and political issues around the use of drugs, and the complex interaction of context, culture, race, gender, and class.