Drugs and Society

The aim of this module is to impart an appreciation of the use of drugs in relation to the cultural and social environment of societies past and present. How drugs are used today, watershed "drug" discoveries and their impact on society (for example contraceptives, antibiotics, vaccines, psychopharmacological agents), the issue of illegal drug use in sports, "social" drugs and the "pill for every ill" syndrome will be discussed. With this background, students will be better placed to critically evaluate drug related issues and their impact on society.

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