Drugs and Drug Use

4 ECTS / Modular / English

This elective CU is a part of the training offer in the 2nd year.

Intended learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences to be developed by the students)

  1. Know the actions and mechanisms of action of main drugs: alcohol, nicotine, opiates, ketamine, psychedelics, cannabinoids, cocaine, stimulants, and others;
  2. Know the medical and legal concepts associated with drug us;
  3. Know the psychological, physical and social aspects related to drug use;
  4. Know the pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies for drug related disorders;
  5. Know the main therapeutic properties of drugs, and the related adverse events.
  1. Interpret clinical cases of patients with drug use disorder;
  2. Evaluate and propose a simple treatment plan of patient with alcohol use disorder;
  3. Critically evaluate the risk benefit ratio concerning therapeutic use of drugs.
  1. Develop empathy and scientifically based attitudes towards drug and alcohol use disorders, considering them mental disorders;
  2. Develop a scientific attitude towards complex and controversial issues related to therapeutic use of drugs.



7 lectures
  1. Introduction and basic concepts
  2. Law and drugs
  3. Biological, social and psychological features of druse use disorders
  4. Mental disorders associated with drug use
  5. Mechanisms of action of alcohol and drugs
  6. Treatment of drug use disorders
  7. Therapeutic use of drugs
5 PBL tutorials
  1. Alcohol
  2. Opiates
  3. Cannabis
  4. Stimulants
  5. Psychedelics
16 practicals

Outpatient clinics for alcohol use disorders and interview with ketamine users patients, and case discussion.

2 seminars
  1. Alcohol and ketamine case interview, presentation with diagnosis and treatment plan.
  2. Presentation on risk benefit ratio of therapeutic use of drugs.


Assistant Professor
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