University of Technology Sydney

65643 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Recreational Drugs

6cp; 6hpw
Requisite(s): ( 65545 Forensic Toxicology OR (91707 Pharmacology 1 AND 65508 Organic Chemistry 2 AND 65409 Analytical Chemistry 2))
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 65741 Chemistry and Pharmacology of Illicit Drugs


This subject provides greater detail on the chemistry, pharmacology and societal context of a number of substances covered in 65545 Forensic Toxicology. The focus of the subject is those substances used for recreational purposes, that is, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens and mixed-effect drugs (eg opiates, solvents, amphetamines, alcohol and nicotine). The examination of these recreational drugs incorporates routes of synthesis, chemical profiling techniques, sampling and analysis protocols, construction and operation of clandestine laboratories, and relevant state and federal legislation. The social issues related to the use of recreational drugs and the 'war on drugs' are examined through case studies and guest lectures. The laboratory component includes experiments on blood alcohol testing with reference to its significance in motoring and roadside safety, and natural product chemistry; one cognate synthesis based on procedures carried out in clandestine laboratories; and demonstrator-led workshops on the elucidation of the structure and purity of an unknown substance and those synthesised during practical sessions.

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Spring session, City campus

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