This course will familiarize students with an overview of the common classes of psychoactive drugs highlighting general characteristics of each pharmacological class. A general explanation of the how the medication acts on the body and the way the body responds to the medication will be covered. The course will also cover common side effects and signs and symptoms of toxicity with emphasis on how these factors will apply to the Child and Youth Care practice setting. The student will also be presented with general characteristics of the condition for which the drug is indicated. Pertinent information about medication usage including drug forms routes strengths and legislation relating to drug use will also be covered. In addition attention will be given to medical disease states of significance (e.g. diabetes) and their relevance to working involving children and adolescents.