Module 6: how drugs work: facilitator's guide

Topic 2: Introduction to how drugs work

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Suggested time: 20 minutes


In this topic learners will be introduced to the subject of pharmacology, the study of how drugs work in the body. In addition, they will learn how to relate a basic knowledge of how drugs work to their work with young people. They will also be referred to sources of drug information.

Key issues

2.1 What is pharmacology?

2.2 Why is pharmacology important?

2.3 The limitations of pharmacological knowledge

2.4 Finding more information about how drugs work


Adhikari, P, & Summerill, A (2000)