Forensic Sci.

Drugs of Abuse I2

Substâncias de Abuso I

Curse code:8059215

Álvaro Augusto Teixeira Lopes

Learning outcomes of the curricular unit:

Acquiring knowledge on the pharmacologically active substances used for non-medical purposes in particular in the area of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics, and acquiring the ability to relate both concepts. Knowledge of the classification systems for drugs of abuse as well as the neurochemical mechanisms that characterize the phenomena generally associated with pharmacotoxicology, particularly involving syndromes of tolerance, dependency and toxicity. Monographies of a several drugs of abuse.
Acquire knowledge on the international and national legislation applied to this issue. In the laboratory students will learn basic analytical methods for identification and quantification of drugs of abuse and familiarization with advanced analytical technology. It is intended that at the end of this course the students will be able to have an overview of drug abuse and addiction that should be updated on the following complementary module.

  1. Pharmacokinetics.
  2. Pharmacodynamics.
  3. Introduction to drugs of abuse.
Suggested Bibliography:
  • Katzung BG, Trevor AJ & Masters SB (2009) Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 11th ed., London, LANGE Basic Science, McGraw Hill. ISBN: 0071604057
  • Zedeck BE & Zedeck MS (2007) Forensic Pharmacology, Infobase Publishing, New York. ISBN: 0791089207
  • Karch BS (2008) Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of abused drugs, New York: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. ISBN-13: 978-1-4200-5458-3
  • Bell S (2006) Forensic Chemistry, Pearson Prentice Hall, New Jersey. ISBN: 0-321-56657-2
  • Jickells S & Nefrusz A (2008) Clarke’s analytical forensic toxicology, London: Pharmaceutical Press. ISBN: 9780853697053


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