I’m too tired right now to dig into Megan McArdle’s post. (A follow-up to a post complaining about the inconvenience of having to ask a pharmacist for sudafed.) I have previously made the argument that drug policy is really about choosing which problems we’re willing to live with, because every policy will bring problems. What … Continue reading Values spoken here
I stumbled upon this interesting study that’s based on a thought experiment. Researchers asked smokers the following question, “Imagine that a new ’clean’ nicotine product has been developed. This new product is as satisfying to use as smoking cigarettes. It is also as addictive as cigarettes, but it is far less harmful than cigarettes. It … Continue reading harm-free addiction?
Who are you? My name is David McCartney and I am a Scot. I live in the southern uplands of Scotland, but I work in the Central Lowlands, which is the middle part of the country. What do you do professionally? I’m a doctor who specializes in addictions, and I work for the National Health … Continue reading Addiction Professionals in the Pandemic – David McCartney
Who are you? I’m Terrence Walton. I am a husband that just celebrated his 20th anniversary, a father of two small children, and a man who has dedicated his life to two big things. One is the well-being, in every sense of the word, of my family, and then secondly is to help free men … Continue reading Addiction Professionals In the Pandemic – Terrence Walton
I was recently on a panel about the future of the field for an APNC event and thought a couple of questions and the notes I prepared might be worth sharing in a post. What and how has the COVID-19 pandemic shown us about the importance of a multi-year perspective with individuals and inclusion of … Continue reading Notes on the future of the field
The True, The Good, and the Beautiful In his lecture titled, “The True, The Good, and The Beautiful” Roger Scruton asks what these three things embrace and what they have to do with each other. Overall, the subject matter of that lecture is aesthetics: the philosophy of art and beauty. Scruton states that pleasure says, … Continue reading Should We Include a Moral Dimension? The Aesthetics and Anesthetics of Addiction
Programs closing This story about the impact of COVID on the treatment industry grabbed my attention: At the beginning of 2020, addiction treatment was a solid, growing industry, with 15,000 providers, $42 billion yearly revenue, and a projected 5.2% annual growth. Then Covid-19 hit. By the summer, the industry had lost $4 billion in revenue, and about … Continue reading Addiction treatment’s uncertain future
Since its inception in the late 1990s, a central goal of the new recovery advocacy movement has been assuring the representation of recovering individuals and families in the decision-making venues that affect their lives. As this movement matured, the complexities of achieving such representation became increasingly apparent. Dynamics within and beyond communities of recovery can … Continue reading REFLECTIONS ON RECOVERY REPRESENTATION (BILL WHITE AND BILL STAUFFER)
This piece, entitled “Britain has to overhaul its attitude to drug use – moralising isn’t the solution,” popped up in my email and more than once in my twitter feed. Various versions of this argument are very common in drug policy circles, and I’d suggest (again) that it’s the wrong direction to try to take … Continue reading Moralizing has no place in drug policy?
Faces and Voices’ blog has a new post arguing that social justice advocacy is in the recovery advocacy lane.