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Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Course – ADJ 228

August 21

Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Course – ADJ 228

Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (3 CR.)

Fall, 2017

ADJ 228, 1H0M-Course 40573

Hybrid course meets Tuesday from 9-11 AM in room 238

Questions about the Course? Contact Professor George Crump at gcrump@lfcc.edu. 


 Course Description:

Surveys the historical and current usage of narcotics and dangerous drugs.  Teaches the identification and classification of such drugs and emphasizes the symptoms and effects on their users.  Examines investigative methods and procedures utilized in law enforcement efforts against illicit drug usage.

This course is an approved elective for the associate of science with specialization in forensic science and the ADJ certificate and general studies diploma.

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the illegal narcotic and dangerous drug problem in American society, as well as methods of combating that problem

Each class of drugs is covered in depth to allow the student to recognize common signs and symptoms of each drug use. Psychological and sociological implications are discussed.  Prevention and treatment techniques are assessed.  Other topics such as drug trafficking, and new drugs on the scene will conclude the course.


The student should be able to read and express him/herself both orally and in writing on a college freshman level as measured by a college English competency examination.  Familiarity with the nervous system of the human body is helpful by not required.

.Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand definitions regarding drugs and drug related topics.
  2. Know the history and laws associated with drugs.
  3. Recognize the different classifications of drugs and their use and abuse.
  4. Understand the process of drug action on the nervous system.
  5. Know the pharmacology, biological and physiological actions of drugs.
  6. Recognize new and upcoming drugs on the scene.
  7. Understand treatment and prevention of drug use.
  8. Discuss drug trafficking and its complications on society and law enforcement.

 Core Topics to be included

  • Drug use and abuse
  • History of drugs and abuse
  • The nervous system
  • Pharmacology
  • Different classes of drugs
  • New drugs on the horizon
  • Treatment and prevention
  • Drug trafficking
  • Extra topics may be included at the discretion of the instructor


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