Drug use, addiction, and strategies for intervention in modern society…

About the Instructor

Gordon Knowles has a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Criminology and Criminal Justice Research Methods. His research on addiction and drug trafficking has been presented at the American Society of Criminology and published in the Journal of Forensic Science and Criminology. Dr. Knowles also lives on O‘ahu in Honolulu’s historic “Chinatown” district and alumni of the University of Hawai‘i. Additionally, Dr. Knowles is Military Police Officer in the United States Army Reserve holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

For inquiries: email knowlesg@hawaii.edu or call (808) 551-9385

Varied Dates (online – 06/7-08/13/21)

This course will provide an overview of drug use in modern society in relation to addiction, substance abuse, violent crime, and narco-terrorism. The course will also examine the sociological, biological, and psychological theories of drug use, abuse, and addiction. Drug reduction and drug prevention strategies of police intervention techniques, search and seizure, drug treatment programs, and drug resistance skills training will be presented. Nearly 20.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 suffer with an addiction to alcohol or drugs. On average, 100 people die every day from a drug overdose, and the rate has tripled in the past 20 years. Yearly, tobacco causes more deaths than all other substance abuse-related deaths combined.

Fulfills the general education requirements: DS, WI

Updated 04/19/2021