09/28/16 – 10:00 P.M.
University of Findlay Students and community members got to learn about pharmacophores from a Bowling Green State University faculty. Dr. Jon Sprague taught the class that pharmacophores are like structural bases.
Sprague is the Director of the Ohio Attorney General’s Center for the Future of Forensic Sciences. He helped create the pharmacophore rule which looks at the chemistry of a drug to help determine it’s legal status. He explained that many drugs have the same chemical base and are similar in structure. He says that these similarities among drugs can be helpful in creating laws.
Sprague said that the similar chemistry of drugs allows lawmakers to stay one step ahead of labs creating synthetic drugs. If a drug has a similar structure and the same base then it will be classified as a controlled substance.
Next week’s installment of the Combatting Chemical Dependency class will have Andrew Webb talk about meth labs. You can join the class in room 102 of the Davis Street Building at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
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