Alternative Perspectives On Drug Use And Addiction

To many people, drug use conjures images of danger and addiction, especially for those of us who grew up with the US “War on Drugs” legislation and the related “Just Say No” campaign. Public dialogue and education wholly discouraged drug use and the abstinence model prevailed. Since then, although approaches for treating substance use and the scientific understanding of addiction have evolved, drug use largely continues to be viewed negatively. The negative biases about drugs and their harms are reinforced by federal drug policy that continues to criminalize drug use, with the exception of alcohol and tobacco.