Spring 2020
SOCI 270: Drugs, Society and Behavior


Week 15. Course Concluded (this trip is over!)

Dear People: 

The final exams have been graded and final grades have been posted on the grades page. Thanks for taking the course! It was a difficult semester to be sure, but I hope you can still use what you have learned in your future understanding about drugs as you interact in your communities and nations, on the planet Earth, and in this great Universe!

Best wishes, Professor Reymers (Dr. K)


You've definitely been ripped off by the Coronavirus from your liminal ritualistic transition between two states of social existence (this is how anthropologist Victor Turner might describe the rite of passage that is graduation!). So, my little part in helping to make that passage is this video, a wonderful commencement speech by author David Foster Wallace. I hope you enjoy it and take some of the lessons with you into your next life!

Blackboard Link

FAQ - Updated Information for Students

DSHB stands for the textbook name, “Drugs, Society and Human Behavior” (17e)
** HP stands for Carl Hart’s autobiography, titled “High Price...”

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DSHB 17Textbook: Hart, Carl L. and Charles Ksir. 2015. Drugs, Society & Human Behavior, 17th ed., McGraw-Hill Publishing.

High PriceAutobiography: Hart, Carl L. 2014. High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society. HarperCollins Publishers.

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Tobacco (Nicotine)

'What Big Tobacco Knew': World Health Organization (WHO)
Report on secret industry documents

Here are the actual documents (courtesy UCSF)
The Tobacco Products Liability Project

Caffeine (Stimulant)

Black Coffee, Part1of3 - The Irresistible Bean (video, 1hr)
The History of Coffee Drinking (video, 35 min)
The History of Coffee - Espresso (video, 5 min)
FDA: 5 Reported Deaths With Monster Drink Link (SJMN)
Monster Beverage Under Fire As Reports Link Deaths To Its Energy Drinks, "The Salt"
Inhalable Caffeine? You Heard Right
(NPR News)
Take this Fair-Trade Challenge (CNN)
Fair-Trade USA website
More news stories about caffeine

Cocaine (Stimulant)

Cocaine: History Between the Lines (History Channel)
(video 15 min)
Drugs, Inc: Cocaine (National Geographic)
(video 45 min)
Hooked: Illegal Drugs-Ep.3, Cocaine (History Channel)
(video 42 min)
The War Next Door (60 Minutes)
(video 12 min)
Mexican Drug War Chokes Nuevo Laredo With Fear (NPR Audio)
(audio 5 min)
Candidates in Mexico Signal a New Tack in the Drug War

Timeline: Mexico's Drug War Politics (Al Jazeera English)
Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, and Other Stimulants

The Meth Epidemic, Frontline, May 2011 (video 54 min)
Drugs, Inc. - Hawaiian Ice (Crystal Meth) (video 45min)
Designer Drugs: The New Frontier (video 50min)
American Underworld: Homemade illegal drugs
(video 43min)

Are ADD/ADHD Drugs Dangerous & Addicting?
(video 15min)

ADHD, Student Achievement and Stimulants
(NY Times)

Alcohol (Depressant)

A Round for the House
(US history of alcohol - video 26min)

Colgate professor's research on binge drinking and social class among college students (Colgate U.)
Interview with "How Booze Built America" host Mike Rowe
(video - Huffington Post)

More news stories about alcohol
Janelle Hanchett Op-Ed, Addicts Don't Start with Needles in Their Arms (Upworthy)

Opioids (Narcotic)

Frontline's "Chasing Heroin" (PBS video; 2 hrs)
The History of Opium
(BBC video; 1 hr)

Drugs, Inc. - Heroin (History Channel video)
80% of all pain pills prescribed in U.S.
(Upstate Medical website)

Prof Lorimer Moseley on chronic pain

Marijuana (Cannabinoids)

Marijuana laws by state, 2018
Digamma Consulting webpage on differential cannabinoid efficacy for ailments
Reefer Madness
- 1937 propaganda film (YouTube)

Drugs, Inc. - Marijuana (National Geographic) (video 45min)
Hooked: Marijuana (History Channel)
(video 45min)

Voters Ease Marijuana Laws in 2 States, but Legal Questions Remain (New York Times, Nov 7 2012)
NORML (National Organization for the
Reform of Marijuana Laws) website

What is medical marijuana?

"Dr. Kush: How medical marijuana is transforming the pot industry" (New Yorker magazine)

Legal Medical Marijuana States

"Weed Maps": Medical marijuana dispensary information

Hallucinogens (Psychedlics)

Shamans of the Amazon - feat. Terence McKenna
(video 1hr)

Interview with Terence McKenna
(video 10min)

Top 10 List of LSD users
(video 6min)
So, You Want to be A Psychedelic Researcher?
(academic paper)

Mystical experiences occasioned by the
hallucinogen psilocybin lead to increases in
the personality domain of openness

(academic paper - psychology)

Drugs, Inc. - Ayahuasca (National Geographic)
(video 13min)

Bill Maher's rant about LSD/Psilocybin
(video 5min)

Interview with Roland Griffiths, Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, on psilocybin research

Interview with Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Cancer Project Participant
(video 10min)