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Generation Rx: The Science Behind Prescription Drug Abuse

by The Ohio State University

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Course Description

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’.

Interested in more information about prescription drug misuse and medication safety? Check out the Generation Rx Initiative!

This course was originally distributed through Coursera, Inc. in Autumn 2013. Course icon derived from an image by Federico Casares (Ohio State University logo added) and is being distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

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