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Beginner Level

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Greek, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

The Background & Overview of Drug Use

In this first week, we'll explore drug abuse, types of addictions, and the behaviors associated with them....
6 videos (Total 36 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Definitions and Terminology7m
The Historical Evidence4m
The Ten Classes of Drugs5m
Drug Use: A Serious Problem5m
Behavioral Addictions5m
5 readings
Instructor Bio & Acknowledgements10m
Recommended Readings40m
Case: A Life on Hold5m
Case: An Ancient Story About a Gambling Addiction5m
Notes10m
1 practice exercise
The Background and Overview of Drug Use20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Drugs & How the Brain Works

In this second week, we'll get a glimpse at why certain drugs are addicting and how they affect different regions of the brain....
6 videos (Total 41 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Detecting Drugs in the Body5m
Synaptic Transmission: The Target of Addicting Drugs9m
Neurotransmitters: The Chemical Messengers in the Brain4m
Cocaine & Nicotine6m
Drugs are Multifunctional8m
3 readings
Case: Cocaine10m
Recommended Readings30m
Notes20m
1 practice exercise
Drugs & How the Brain Works26m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Classes of Drugs

In this third week, we'll take a deep dive into the different types of drugs and their individual effects....
7 videos (Total 47 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Nicotine7m
Marijuana4m
Psychostimulants7m
Hallucinogens4m
Opiate Drugs6m
Sedatives, Anti-Anxiety Agents, & Hypnotics6m
4 readings
Case: Veteran with Stress Syndrome5m
Case: Psychedelic Drug5m
Recommended Readings30m
Notes10m
1 practice exercise
Classes of Drugs, Part 128m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Classes of Drugs with Animal Models

In this fourth week, we'll take a look at the drug self-administration model in animals and the implications of these results....
8 videos (Total 47 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Caffeine4m
New and Other Substances4m
Review of Ten Classes of Drugs6m
Animals in Drug Addiction Research4m
Animal Model of Drug Self-Administration, Part 19m
Animal Model of Drug Self-Adminstration, Part 24m
Conditioned Place Preference5m
3 readings
Case: The Powerful "Cue"5m
Recommended Readings45m
Notes30m
1 practice exercise
Classes of Drugs, Part 2 & Animal Models22m
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By CPApr 2nd 2018

I learned a lot from this course that I have been able to use in a ministry capacity. If you are trying to help others with addiction or understand it for yourself, this is the course for you.

By ANMar 30th 2017

This course is truly wonderful, many intellectual mind-opening surprises... for example I almost fell out of my chair when I learned of vaccinations development effort to counter addiction.

Instructor

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Michael Kuhar, Ph.D.

Professor
Yerkes/Emory Pharmacology and Neuroscience

About Emory University

Emory University, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the world's leading research universities. Its mission is to create, preserve, teach and apply knowledge in the service of humanity....

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