Science of Substance Abuse & Addiction


Overview of the biochemical, physiological, psychological, and sociocultural basis of behavior resulting through opioid and other substance use and addiction. Review of the major types of commonly abused substances, the incidence of substance use and dependence, and the epidemic reality in current society resulting in a public health emergency. Topics addressed include the biochemical science behind addiction; differences between substance use and addiction for acute and chronic pain, anxiety, and depression; the relationship of substance abuse and addiction to mental health/illness and self-medication; misconceptions regarding opioids and addiction; and current trends in prescribing practices. As needed.

3 Credits: 3 Lecture