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330.615.01 Drugs, Society and Policy: the Past 150 Years


Mental Health
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Jerome Jaffe
  • William W. Latimer

Presents an overview of the highlights of the varied responses by different societies over time to the use of alcohol, opiates, cannabis, tobacco, cocaine, and some other psychoactive agents. Briefly describes the pharmacology and toxicology of various drug categories. Considers the goals of policy with regard to particular categories of drugs, the means selected to achieve those goals, and the forces that shaped the selection of goals and means. Emphasizes the American experience over the past 150 years, but also discusses the experiences of other nations and cultures. Fosters the further understanding of the role of historical and technological change in the shaping of current drug problems.

Methods of Assessment:

Midterm and final

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: