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COUN640. Psychopharmacology and Addictions

This course provides a broad understanding of psychopharmacology theories of drug abuse, addiction, and treatment. The student is introduced to the basic principles of pharmacology, anatomy, and physiology as applied to the major classes of drugs of addiction. The course will also examine the effects of various drugs on human behavior. The course introduces medications that have been developed to support drug treatment such as methadone, suboxone, naloxone and others. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of drug ingestion, distribution, elimination, dose response relationships, neurotransmitter chemicals, and synaptic activity.