This set of stories represent documents, studies and reports related to the drug addiction crisis.

Belief, Behavior, and Belonging: How Faith is Indispensable in Preventing and Recovering from Substance Abuse


This potentially game-changing study quantifies the economic value that faith-based programs bring to drug prevention and treatment. We plan to do a more complete analysis of the report's findings but wanted to make it available sooner rather than later as it was recently widely announced. Minimally, the report highlights the importance of supporting public policies ...Read more

Drilling into the DEA’s pain pill database


Following up on The Washington Post's eye-opening article based on the DEA drug tracking database, the Post made this online, searchable version of the database available. The web site allows users to search by state and country to view a breakdown of the total number of pills supplied during the six-year period from 2006 to ...Read more

American Scientist: Is Drug Addiction a Brain Disease?

In this important, comprehensive look at the brain disease model of addiction, the authors walk through the existing evidence to demonstrate that conclusive evidence does not exists to categorize addiction with other brain diseases such as Parkinson's: "...there are virtually no data in humans indicating that addiction is a disease of the brain in the ...Read more

Another study undercuts the disease model of addiction


This study adds to existing literature that indicates a large number of people recover from drug and alcohol problems without treatment. This brings into question the National Institute on Drug Abuse claim that drug addition is a "chronic, relapsing brain disease." In particular, this study finds that:  Nearly half of those covered by the study ...Read more

Naloxone use: unintended consequences and recommended community response


This study looks into the effects when Naloxone is introduced into efforts to combat opioid overdose. While Naloxone is a life-saving drug when an individual overdoses and the authors do not recommend suspending its use, they do find that: "broadening Naloxone access led to more opioid-related emergency room visits and more opioid-related theft, with no ...Read more

“Abuse-Deterrents” Added to Opioids Rife with Unintended Consequences


The FDA encourages drug manufacturers to introduce abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) into their prescription opioids and Congress rewards manufacturers with in-effect patent extensions when ADFs are added. But this approach appears to be generating a range of bad unintended consequences including heightened use of illegal opioids and a rise in the price of pain medicine. ...Read more

Surgeon General’s drug addiction report “marred by a biased viewpoint”


The Surgeon General's "Facing Addiction in America" report was published in November 2016. It largely advocated a disease-model approach to addiction and the use of more drugs to treat it.  This paper, published in the journal of the Society for the Study of Addition, counters key aspects of the Report by identifying assumptions that were ...Read more

The role community plays in protecting against the drug overdose crisis


A fascinating study that shows a clear link between a community's "social capital" and its rate of opioid overdoses. The study was able to quantify "social capital" for a community and compare that to mortality due to drug overdose.  This link is to the abstract (which is included below). Particularly striking is the conclusion: "This ...Read more

Why the Disease Definition of Addiction Does Far More Harm Than Good

This is another in a set of article published by Scientific American examining problems associated with the brain disease model of addiction (BDMA). This article, written by Marc Lewis, a neuroscientist and professor emeritus in developmental psychology at the University of Toronto, is an important summary of the limitations and issues associated with the BDMA. ...Read more

Remarkable Senate testimony from Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones is the author of the remarkable book "Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic," a must-read for anyone interesting in knowing how we got into the current opioid crisis and what needs to be done to overcome it. Mr. Quinones recently testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. ...Read more