Designer Drugs

Drugs: the Straight Facts

About the Course:

The taking of so-called “designer” and “club” drugs is becoming increasingly prevalent among teenagers and young adults in the United States and elsewhere. Among this myriad of substances are narcotic painkillers, ecstasy, GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, and methamphetamine. Designer Drugs details the history and legal status of each drug, their physical characteristics, their effects on the mind and body, statistics on their use and abuse, and the signs of addiction associated with each drug.

Journal/Publisher:

Chelsea House

Publication Date:

2004 First Edition

Authors

M. Foster Olive; David J. Triggle

About the Authors:

M. Foster Olive is currently an associate investigator at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, a non-profit research institute affiliated with the Department of Neurology at the University of California at San Francisco. His research focuses on the neurobiology of stress and addiction.

David J. Triggle is a University Professor and a Distinguished Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially substance abuse counselors, teachers, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the dangers of designer drugs. It is appropriate for an introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the effects designer drugs have on the brain.

  2. List the different types of designer drugs.

  3. Recall the patterns of use and abuse of designer drugs.

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