May 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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FOR 150 - The Analysis and Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse

Semester Hours: 3
Every Other Spring

This course familiarizes students with analytical methods used to identify and characterize drugs of abuse. Current theories of drug action, fate in biological systems, and toxicities are presented. Neurobiological theories of drug addiction are also considered. The course focuses on both classical laboratory techniques and state-of-the-art instrumental methods for the identification of drugs of abuse. Additionally, techniques for extracting drug substances from biological fluids and current methods in post-mortem toxicological analysis are discussed. Historical and ethnobotanical aspects of each class of drugs, as well as the cultural origins of drug use, will be discussed. Ethical considerations in performing analyses and formulating opinions will be presented.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
BIO 011 ; CHEM 135 137 ; or permission of instructor.

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