April 20th - May 3rd
This course will provide students with a general overview of pharmaceuticals with regard to their chemical/biological mechanisms, discovery, development, and marketing. In addition, students will begin to consider the addictive/dependent characteristics of drugs in general, with special attention given to those properties of psychotropic and narcotic pharmaceuticals. Students will explore pharmaceutical commerce, as well as the mass-market rise and popularity of drugs which lead to these addictions/dependencies. Students will gain a theological perspective of what is truly a ‘physically’ necessary/life-sustaining mediation vs those which are not, and will also become more aware of “big-pharma” driving the “patient-labels” and diagnoses of the medical establishment which lead to unwarranted prescribing of medication that may be unneeded, unhelpful, or harmful.
Explain the basic concept of pharmaceutical discovery and mechanisms, the process of drug development, and the idea of the rise in marketing drugs directly to consumers by creating new diagnoses for “normal” human issues by defining them as a disease.
Summarize the notion of the general public not questioning the medical establishment, a non-need being artificially created by “expert opinion”, and the difference in the physical/spiritual aspects of the New Birth Experience with regard to physical-medical needs vs spiritual ones.
Describe the fundamental characteristics of addiction vs dependence with regard to the idea of “need versus want”, explore the question of “what am I dependent upon?”, and the addictive potential of various substances.
There will be two live sessions during the course. Many Students say that this is the best part of the course because it allows for live interaction between the students and the instructor.
Dr. Bart Adkins is a diligent pharmacist specializing in clinical research, drug development, and drug & medical information. He possesses a great passion for pharmaceutical drugs and is devoted to continuing academic excellence in pharmacological education. He is also an assistant pastor to a growing church members and also manages and oversees a staff of 35.
April 20th- May 3rd