Community health - MEDICINA DELLE DIPENDENZE (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Aldo Eliano Polettini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IIB dal Apr 23, 2018 al Jun 9, 2018.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

To illustrate the fundamentals of Toxicology as applied to Addiction Medicine, with reference to the effects of alcohol and drugs of abuse, to their clinical and social impact, to the diagnostic aspects, specific laws and acts, to the therapies for rehabilitation from drug addiction and the evaluation of their outcome.

At the end of the course, students shall be able to recognize the effects on health of the main forms of dependance, to understand the hazards of dependance from a clinical, social, and relational standpoint, as well as to know the main aspects of the Italian set of rules conserning abuse and dependance


1. Introduction: Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine
2. Substances of abuse: features, acute and chronic effects
3. Driving under influence of alcohol and drugs: relationships between substance abuse and car crashes
4. The administrative/medicolegal diagnosis of acute/chronic abuse of alcohol and drugs: methodologies, relevance and implications
5. The most relevant laws and acts: Penal Code, Drugs of Abuse Law, Road Traffic Code, Workplace Drug Testing Law.
6. Pharmacological and Drug-free therapies for the treatment and rehabilitation of substance addiction, and evaluation of their outcomes.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
R. Froldi Lezioni di Tossicologia Forense Giappichelli 2011
G.A. Norellli, C. Buccelli, V. Fineschi Medicina Legale e delle Assicurazioni Piccin 2013

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists in the administration of a written questionnaire with closed and open answers. Correct answers are given and, if necessary, illustrated soon after all written questionnaires have been delivered, and the grade is communicated to the student. Students have the chance to request an oral integration in order to try and improve the grade of the written questionnaire. In some cases, generally in order to understand the reason of an answer, the oral integration can be requested by the lecturer.