Number of US Newborns with Drug Withdrawal Triples

May 14, 2012

Yahoo News recently ran an Associated Press article with the above heading.  Here are some quotes: Disturbing new research says the number of U.S. babies born with signs of opiate drug withdrawal has tripled in a decade because of a surge in pregnant women’s use of legal and illegal narcotics, including Vicodin, OxyContin and heroin, […]

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Heroin Addiction is Not an Illness

January 19, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I heard a piece on NPR:  “What Vietnam Taught Us About Breaking Bad Habits.”  It’s an interesting story.  It tells how in 1971, researchers found that about 20% of the American soldiers in Vietnam were addicted to heroin.  This was shocking news to the Pentagon and to President Nixon, who […]

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Drugs and Alcohol (Part 3)

October 16, 2010

This post was edited and updated on June 29 2014, to include additional thoughts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Rational Policy on Drugs and Alcohol In my last post I argued against government prohibitions against drugs and alcohol.  My position is that substances […]

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Drugs and Alcohol (Part 2)

October 6, 2010

In my previous post on this subject, I discussed addiction to alcohol and other drugs.  I made the point that addiction to these substances is not an illness, but rather an extremely strong habit. Treatment Programs The notion that alcoholism is a disease gained popularity in the 50’s and 60’s.  At about the same time, […]

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Drugs and Alcohol (Part 1)

September 30, 2010

The APA’s DSM lists two broad categories of diagnoses in this area: dependence and abuse. So we have alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse; amphetamines dependence and amphetamines abuse; cocaine dependence and cocaine abuse. And so on. Dependence is defined by the presence of three or more of the following criteria: tolerance, as defined by either […]

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