CJ 253 Drug Use & the Law in American Society • 5 Cr.
Studies the unique demands that alcohol and drug offenses place on the criminal justice system. Students learn how the procedures of investigation, information management, and prosecution differs between alcohol and drug crimes and other criminal offenses.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Describe the physical appearance of different types of commonly abused, licit and illicit substances.
- Explain the historical development of drug laws in the United States.
- Define, identify, and recognize the political, legal, and physiological reasoning behind the design, construction, and implementation of American drug laws.
- Describe and differentiate the pharmacological, physiological, and psychological effects of specific forms of illicit drugs, for example, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, methamphetamine, and mescaline.
- Describe and differentiate the pharmacological, physiological, and psychological effects of specific groups of licit drugs, for example, amphetamines, barbiturates, and tranquilizers.