The Science of Prescription Drug Abuse - Master class

By The Health Sciences Academy. The leading provider of science-based interactive courses on the net.

Course Code: DA3345

Think that a prescription medication must be safer than a “street drug”? Think again.

In this master class we investigate the epidemic rise of prescription drug abuse and use science to debunk commonly held misconceptions regarding this phenomenon.


As a society, we have become more and more “pharmaceuticalised”. 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 master class 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.

Master class structure

– Session One: What is Generation Rx?

– Session Two: Myth – Everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn’t I?

– Session Three: Myth – Prescription drugs must be safer than street drugs.

– Session Four: Myth – It is only a problem if I’m trying to get high.

– Session Five: Myth – Prescription drugs cannot be addictive.

– Session Six: Where to go from here…

Recommended Background

We will investigate the basic science of drug action, and therefore a high school level-understanding of biology is recommended.

Will I get a Certificate after completing this programme?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to receive a Certificate of Completion.

This programme can be taken in the following formats:

1. Attendance - Intensive

Central London. One full day. Based on demand.

2. Online - Modular

A speed that suits you. All lessons and workshop materials available online 24-7 and continuously updated to include the latest research.

Course Fees

The cost of this programme is £589.

Payments in GBP, EUR and USD are accepted.

Deposit: Fees include a non-refundable deposit of £250.

Pay for the balance in two monthly instalments.

Get Started

You have the drive and the motivation. We will provide you the tools to put your passion into practice.

Click on the “Apply” link below to enrol.


Many thanks, and see you at the other side, where your new journey and rewards begin.

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