Thinking About Addiction
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I’d argue that America has never adequately addressed its own problems with addiction, which have been with us in one form or another since before we became a nation.
Topics: health care
Alcohol still gets credit for close to 90,000 deaths every year– more than other drugs, even in the middle of an epidemic.
It can be flagrant or subtle, but damage it will be. Sadly, the drinker is usually the last one to become aware of it. In fact, many never do.
It’s a real challenge for the folks on the ground to fit their reality into the prescribed format of a Federal grant.
Topics: prescription medications
The first trials did not demonstrate effectiveness beyond placebo. So the FDA allowed a third trial which apparently did, at least a little.
Cannabis doesn’t replace opioids the way methadone or buprenorphine do. There’s no antagonist effect as with naloxone or naltrexone.
The list of deaths from the practice is long and oddly prestigious, featuring celebs such as John Belushi and Chris Farley, among many others.
Meanwhile , the healthcare field continues to struggle with legitimate issues around the use of (and controls over) opioids in medical practice.
The best answer is the one we came up with to explain the selectivity of alcoholism: Differences in individual susceptibility.