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Viewing addiction as a brain disease promotes social injustice

Nature Human Behaviour volume 1, Article number: 0055 (2017) | Download Citation


The view of drug use and drug addiction as a brain disease serves to perpetuate unrealistic, costly, and discriminatory drug policies, argues Carl L. Hart.

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  1. Carl L. Hart is the Dirk Ziff Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Box 120, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, New York 10032, USA.

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