Thomas Barrett, Robert Foltz and Jay Stevens, with Ben Koditschek

On the one hand, we have a “War on Drugs” that incarcerates millions. Decisions about proper and improper drug use are in the hands of the police. On the other hand, we have a rash of psychotropic medication, that has made the licit drug industry a determining social institution in child development. Why are some drugs illegal and some legal? What are the possibilities and problems of the variety of “chemicalization of youth” we witness? There is no pure pattern of development sans chemicals and human intervention – so how do we and should we modify our sensorium and mental state? Are we in control?

Educational objectives: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to: 1) Discuss the current relationship between psychoanalysis and pharmacology; 2) Analyze the social origins of drug policy; and 3) Assess how current trends in pharmacology impact treatment options for their patients

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