Discover what the effects are of legal, illegal and prescribed drugs on the mind, body and behaviour.

This course provides a comprehensive list of the different types of drugs available and what they are commonly used for.

If you work in health, education or support work, this course may help you understand the behaviour exhibited by clients who are under the influence or enhance your chances of promotion in the workplace.

The course is self-paced to suit your lifestyle.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Introduction: A history of the use and misuse of drugs in society
  2. Effects of drugs on the individual and society
  3. Legally restricted drugs: Stimulants and narcotics
  4. Legally restricted drugs: Hallucinogens and marijuana
  5. Legally restricted drugs: Steroids
  6. Legal drugs: Alcohol
  7. Legal drugs: Tobacco, caffeine and solvents
  8. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs
  9. Sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs
  10. Prescription drugs for schizophrenia and affective disorders
  11. Treatment and preventative education
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Understand the origins and changes in drug use in society
  • Identify patterns of drug-taking behaviour
  • Identify social, psychological and physical consequences of drug-taking on the individual
  • Understand the effects of stimulants and narcotics on the individual
  • Understand the effects of hallucinogens and marijuana on the individual
  • Understand the effects of anabolic steroids on the individual
  • Determine health and behavioural outcomes of alcohol use and misuse
  • Determine health and behavioural outcomes of nicotine, caffeine and solvent use and misuse
  • Understand the effects of the major categories of OTC drugs and prescription regulations
  • Understand the effects of sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs on the brain and behaviour