Drug Addiction Policy Studies & Research

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The medications that change who we are

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An interesting article concerning possible personality and other changes caused by commonly available, prescribed or over-the-counter drugs. While the article relates to drugs other than those typically associated with addiction or addiction treatment, it would also seem to raise a red flag for the widespread, indiscriminate use of drugs.  If, as the research suggests, commonly...Read more

Disease Model Proponents Are the Climate Change Deniers of Our Field

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An important statement of the problem and consequences of adopting an overly-medicalized view of addiction. In part, it says:  "Convincing us that addiction is inevitable and inescapable—in the face of ubiquitous evidence that it is culturally and cognitively inculcated and very escapable—is a self-fulfilling prophecy. (Unlike addiction, people don’t generally escape diseases like cancer through...Read more

Purdue Pharma’s Foreign Affiliate Now Selling Overdose Cure

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This article covers the history of Purdue Pharma playing both ends of the problem -- providing opioids that lead to addition and other drugs for those who become addicted.  This serves as a cautionary tale for communities considering drug-based "solutions" to the opioid crisis. The player with the largest marketing budget is Big Pharma and...Read more

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