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A New Scientific American eBook, Understanding Addiction, Examines the Multifaceted Issue of Substance Abuse

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Many former substance abusers or addicts will likely tell you that beating their addiction was the hardest thing they’ve ever done. With more research pointing to the genetic underpinnings of diseases such as alcoholism, and with more treatments aimed at the physiology—rather than psychology—of addiction, the road to sobriety could someday be less frustrating. In [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Drug Screens-and More Security Theater (Part 2)

In part one on drug testing, we looked primarily at the accuracy of evidence supporting drug testing—how often do you get false information from the tests. In this second part, we look at the ethics and broader societal and political context of testing. As mentioned, I’ve been doing more traveling, and am increasingly disturbed by [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Drug screens-any more than theater?

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling recently, and am increasingly disturbed by the growing surveillance society and the misplaced reassurances that are used to assuage the public, coined “security theater” by Bruce Schneier. Here we’ll look at this drama in the context of screening for drugs of abuse. In a later post we’ll look [...]

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