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Lecture 1 - Issues in Drug Dependence Psyt 301B Kathryn...

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Issues in Drug Dependence Psyt 301B Kathryn Gill Ph.D. Associate Professor, Psychiatry Department Director of Research, Addictions Unit, McGill University Health Centre
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why this course? course description and organization textbook key concepts outline of lectures grading system, exams, essays and presentations pop quizzes see files on WebCT for details introduction to addiction phenomenology of addiction – Patrick Lane’s “Counting the Bones” examples of material to be covered
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Why this course?
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Report - Director of Public Health 68% of intravenous drug users are HCV positive, 38% are unaware rates of needle sharing and risky practices are up in Quebec prescription opioid abuse has increased – particularly use of Dilaudid IV
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Course Description Drug dependence will be discussed from a multi- disciplinary perspective: The objectives are to develop an understanding of drug action, as well as the phenomenology, etiology and treatment of drug dependence Topics include pharmacokinetics, pharmacology and neurobiology of drugs of abuse as well as diagnostic criteria, clinical features of drug dependence, use/abuse patterns Current theoretical and experimental issues will be discussed
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Course Organization e.g. when were drugs such as cocaine and heroin made "illegal" and what were the consequences? Epidemiology : e.g. what are the patterns of use & abuse of alcohol, cocaine, opiates etc? Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacology : e.g. h ow is alcohol absorbed and metabolized? What toxic substances are in smoked tobacco? Neurobiology : e.g. what receptor does cocaine bind to in the brain? What are the endogenous opiates, and how were they discovered? What is anandamide? Etiology : e.g. what is the evidence for a genetic vulnerability to substance dependence?
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Textbook A Primer of Drug Action, 12 th edition (2011), RM Julien, CD Advokat, JE Comaty; Worth Publishers, N.Y.
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