Drug Regulation and Policy

This course critically examines how drugs and drug users are regulated in the United States by examining the laws and regulations employed to govern drug consumption and sale.  Today, drug laws touch upon nearly every segment of society and every aspect of modern life, from regulations that prohibit smoking in public spaces and laws that allow for the consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes, to laws that mandate long prison sentences for those convicted of certain drug offenses.   Moreover, individuals of all income levels, from rural, suburban and urban areas, and from virtually every racial and ethnic group are subject to a dizzying array of drug laws.  However, these laws differ in many critical respects, as do their social and demographic effects.  This course explores the various regulatory mechanisms used to control consumption and sale of drugs, including criminal laws and penalties, the FDA drug approval process, civil litigation against drug manufacturers, patent laws, tobacco mass-tort litigation, and market-based strategies such as production subsidies and taxation. 
Credits: 2 or 3

Type: SEM