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Psycho-pharmacology is a field of study that takes a closer scientific and psychological look at the effects of pharmaceutical and other drugs on mood, the senses and behavior.  This field has really come into its own in the psychological and medical industries in the past twenty years, as both the number of drugs currently available for treatment, and the much larger number of people who have at least one prescription.

As new drugs are developed and put into the production pipeline, psycho-pharmacology is critical in determining what negative side effects may exist for a new drug, so that adjustments in dosage and chemical makeup can be made, and hazards and interactions appropriately identified.  Such study and knowledge is also applied to the use of illegal drugs, so that better understanding of how to offer treatment and education about such drugs is possible.