Module 6: how drugs work: learner's workbook

Topic 1: Introduction

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1.1 Overview

In this module you will learn about key issues in pharmacology. You will explore how mind-altering drugs affect young people and how to apply this knowledge to achieve an effective working relationship with them.

1.2 Learning outcomes

When you have completed this module you should be able to:
  • Classify common psycho-active drugs according to their effect on the central nervous system (CNS)

  • Outline the major short and long-term effects of psycho-active drugs

  • Discuss key issues in pharmacology such as tolerance, withdrawal, overdose, dependence and interaction

  • Describe the harmful effects on young people resulting from AOD use.
It is suggested that you remind yourself of these learning outcomes as you work through the module. At different stages ask yourself whether you think you have achieved each of the learning outcomes. This will help you keep track of your progress, and what you still need to learn to successfully complete the module.

1.3 Assessment events

(A good point for student to contact facilitator.)

Your facilitator will provide you with information on any assessment activities you might be required to undertake. If you are not provided with assessment information when you commence this module, make sure you ask your facilitator if there are any assessment requirements for module completion.