The Science of Addiction: Research and Public Health Perspectives
25 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2000
Drug abuse and addiction are among the most serious and costly problems facing our society. Fortunately, advances in science made over the last several decades have dramatically increased our understanding of these disorders and led to the development of effective strategies for their prevention and treatment. This article focuses on the biological, behavioral, and social mechanisms of drug abuse and addiction and their implications for prevention, treatment and policy. The role of the family as a potential risk or protective factor for drug use is also discussed.
JEL Classification: I18
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