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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:

  • Distinguish between the physical appearance of different types of commonly abused, licit and illicit substances.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Schematize the differences in the pharmacological, physiological, and psychological effects of specific forms of illicit drugs, for example, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, LSD, and such according to the federal drug code regulations.
  • Support arguments with citations from scientific evidence, expert opinion, journal articles and appropriate texts the pharmacological, physiological, and psychological effects of specific groups of licit drugs, for example, amphetamines, barbiturates, and tranquilizers.



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