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

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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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


FDA approves Indivior’s monthly injection to treat opioid addiction

This article covers the first long-acting form of Suboxone approved by the FDA. It is hoped that by moving to a long-acting form of Suboxone administered in doctors' offices that some of the current problems with Suboxone diversion will be reduced. The FDA is expected to rule on a second long-acting form of Suboxone from ...Read more


The Impact of Marijuana Use on Medically Assisted Opioid Treatment

This article begins to report on an aspect of the relationship between cannabis and opioid use, in particular the effect of cannabis on attempts to treat opioid abuse using Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). In passing it notes that marijuana use disorder is "the second leading reason patients enter addiction treatment."  More to the point, it summarizes ...Read more