Generation Rx: The Science Behind Prescription Drug Abuse

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所在平台: Coursera

课程类别: 医学

大学或机构: The Ohio State University(美国俄亥俄州立大学)

授课老师: Nicole Cartwright Kwiek



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We are Generation Rx.

As a society, we have become more and more “pharmaceuticalized”. We expect a quick fix for almost any medical problem. We refer to ample amounts of medical information (or mis-information) online, sometimes without the guidance of a health professional. We are taking prescription and over-the-counter medications at unprecedented rates, and there are benefits to this phenomenon, including in many cases, improved disease treatment. Sadly, a darker consequence has also emerged: the epidemic rise of injuries and fatalities due to prescription drug abuse.

This course uses science to investigate the prevalence, dangers, and misperceptions regarding this growing health problem. Using a myth-busting design, we will investigate the biology behind both therapeutic and illicit drug action and tie that biology to the real dangers of abusing prescription drugs. Additionally, we will explore societal influences on drug-taking behaviors and identify best medication-taking practices for our benefit as well as others’.


Module One: What is Generation Rx?
Module Two: Myth - It's only a problem if I'm trying to get high.
Module Three: Myth - Everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn't I?
Module Four: Myth - Prescription drugs must be safer than street drugs.
Module Five: Myth - More is better.
Module Six: Myth - Prescription drugs cannot be addictive.
Module Seven: Myth - I can always choose to stop abusing.
Module Eight: Myth - Sharing is caring.
Module Nine: Where to go from here...



Think that a prescription medication must be safer than a “street drug”? Think again. Investigate the epidemic rise of prescription drug abuse and use science to debunk commonly held misconceptions regarding this phenomenon.


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