Using an issues-based approach, this course examines drugs of abuse and the impact of abuse on the individual, family, and society with an emphasis on the employer and work environment. Legal and ethical implications of chemical dependency in the workplace are addressed, and the hallmarks of creating drug-free workplace programs are examined.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
Societal Patterns and Trends in Drug Use
- Identify past and current trends of drug abuse in the United States.
- Outline the cultural appropriateness of specific drug use, such as for medicinal or religious reasons.
- Analyze health and social problems in the United States related to drug use and addiction.
Drug Use, Abuse, Dependence, and Addiction
- Identify drugs of abuse, modes of use, addiction potential, effects of use, and withdrawal symptoms.
- Explain the psychology and physiology of addiction.
- Examine how drug use affects families when one or more members abuse drugs.
- Explain how prescription drugs can be abused and lead to addiction.
Substance Abuse in the Workplace
- Determine the prevalence of illicit drug users within the employed population of the United States.
- Evaluate the effect of drug abuse in the workplace in terms of absenteeism, accidents, downtime, turnover, theft, morale, and productivity.
- Describe the key characteristics and benefits of a drug-free workplace.
Legal and Ethical Issues Relating to Workplace Drug Use, Recognition, Det …
- Determine legal issues related to workplace drug testing.
- Evaluate the ethical and legal considerations of workplace prevention and education programs.
- Explore the ethical implications of mandatory drug education in the workplace.
Drug Treatment Programs
- Explain employee assistance programs.
- Compare inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.
- Explain treatment modalities such as individual therapy, group therapy, didactics, family therapy, spiritual or religious therapy, and psychotherapy.
- Identify the characteristics of successful substance abuse treatment programs.
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