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A sustained elective course on substance abuse and addiction delivered in an academic pharmacy programme

Ehab A Abourashed, Wallace Cross

Abstract

Objective: Prepare pharmacy students to perform their role as healthcare professionals in facing the devastating impact of substance use disorder (SUD) through educating the public and managing SUD.

Methods: An elective course designed to prepare graduates for their role in managing SUD was delivered for seven years at the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP), United States (US). The course included diverse pedagogical tools to maximise student involvement and educational benefit.

Results: The course was among the top attended electives offered at the CSU-COP and some of its activities engaged the University community at large.

Conclusions: Students at CSU-COP demonstrated consistent interest in learning about the causes, symptoms, consequences and management of SUD in an elective course. A course that introduces SUD to pharmacy students should constitute an essential curricular component in healthcare education not only in the US but globally as well.


Keywords

Academic Pharmacy; Addiction; Alcoholics Anonymous; Substances Of Abuse; Substance Use Disorder


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