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The impact of psychoactive drugs on our society will be examined in this course. An analysis of the use and the physiological, psychological and social impact of alcohol, psychoactive prescription medication, street drugs, over-the-counter drugs, caffeine, nicotine, and problem gambling will be conducted. An overview of practical drug concepts, the Biopsychosocial Plus approach to addiction and recovery and the neurobiology of substance use disorders will also be covered. In addition to this, harm reduction, relapse prevention and the Ontario addiction treatment system will be covered. Students will learn how to screen and assess at-risk users and review evidence.