Vice Squad
Saturday, March 20, 2004
World Health Organization Releases Substance Abuse Report

The World Health Organization has released Neuroscience of Psychoactive Substance Use and Dependence, which it describes in this press release as "an authoritative report summarizing the latest scientific knowledge on the role of the brain in substance dependence." It looks as if the report fully subscribes to the disease model of addiction. The report also re-emphasizes the well-known point that the addictive substances that cause the most health problems are the licit alcohol and tobacco, and not the currently illicit drugs. Of course, in itself, this observation says little about appropriate policy towards any of the potentially addictive substances.

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