This is an introductory program on the general aspects of pharmacology of drugs in the human body and of specific drugs used in debilitating conditions and major illnesses that have impacted our lives in the last 100 years. The program will consist of a general review of the history of medicine and medicinal agents discovered, a review of the major pharmacologic categories recognized in medical use today and the most popular medications (prescription and non-prescription drugs) used by the general population. In discussing the most popular medications, emphasis will be focused on the specific mechanisms of action, safety considerations, general uses, adverse effects and legal considerations associated with the use of the drug. Additionally, there will be discussions on the problems associated with the use of the commonly available “street drugs” as well as the use of potentially useful natural medicinal agents such as Marijuana, Cannabidiol (CBD) and several popular products. The program is intended for the lay person as well as caregivers, nursing assistants and can also supplement the program in Pharmacy Practice for Technicians seeking to study for the National Certification Examination. Textbook information will be mailed to students upon registration.