Addictions

June 28, 2006

There was an article somewhere, in Nature or one of the newspaper science sections, about new work on addiction – apparently they’re a lot closer than they were to effective treatments that shut off the mechanisms in the brain that addict people to stuff.

Ethical questions – if there really were such a thing, could a court mandate such a treatment for drug offenders? Could parents or schools order their pre-teens treated? Suppose it could be done on a community-wide basis, like water fluoridation…

Do people have a right to be or become addicted? As distinct from addicts’ right to obtain their substance of choice?

What if a community treats its water supply with an anti-addictive drug and as a result everyone’s sex drive goes down the tubes? Or consumerism generally?

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