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PHTX 548. Drug Dependence. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Enrollment is restricted to students with graduate or post-baccalaureate standing or with permission of instructor. This pharmacology course will focus on the neurochemical and molecular adaptations in the brain that contribute to drug abuse. The course will provide an overview of neurobiology, pharmacology, and human and animal methods to study drug use and major drugs with dependence liability, as well as covering special topics in drug dependence. Students will become familiar with evidence supporting addiction theory and mechanisms of drug action and will have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to consider public policies as they relate to drugs of abuse.