NSCI 3007 - Neuropharmacology of Drugs of Abuse

This course will explore how drugs of abuse act within the brain. We will discuss the acute and longterm effects of selected drugs of abuse on behavior, mood, cognition and neuronal function and material from studies with humans is integrated with basic studies on the neurobiological basis of drug action and drug abuse -- including detailed coverage of synaptic transmission and the distribution, regulation and integration of brain neurotransmitter systems. The focus is on addictive or illicit drugs, and all the major classes are discussed, including: opiates (heroin, morphine, opium), sedative - hypnotics (alcohol, barbiturates, chloral hydrate), anxiolytics (benzodiazepines), psychomotor stimulants (amphetamine, cocaine), marijuana, hallucinogens (LSD, mescaline), hallucinogenic-stimulants (MDA, MDMA), and dissociative anesthetics (PCP).
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