CHEM 1004 T - Drugs and the Human Body

No science background required. Topics include drug origins, laws, metabolism and dependence, pharmaceutical industry, over the counter medications, placebo effect, antibiotics, pain killers, stimulants, alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens, birth control and steroids. Students in Science programs may use this course only as a free elective.

A survey of common licit and illicit drugs. An alternate title could be Aspirin to Zoloft with marijuana in between. Uses and abuses of prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Percodan. Drugs in sport: mainly but not exclusively anabolic steroids. The birth control pill: another steroid! Stimulants such as cocaine in all its forms are discussed from a cultural and historical viewpoint. Over the counter analgesics such as Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Naproxen. Drug safety and the therapeutic Index of drugs. Interactions of drugs with food. Alcohol and other CNS depressants. Major and minor tranquillizers such as Valium, Librium, Lorazepam. Homeopathic and naturopathic medicines. Miracle drugs such as antibiotics: the discovery of penicillin and related compounds. Antibiotic resistance. The pharmaceutical industry: drug discovery. Drug naming and patents. Generic vs. proprietary drugs. Drug formulation.

CRN for section T: 21484

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 21485

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Instructor: Peter Buist

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