Addiction neuroethics: the promises and perils of neuroscience research on addiction

Adrian Carter, Wayne Dallas Hall

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Addiction is a significant health and social problem and one of the largest preventable causes of disease globally. Neuroscience promises to revolutionise our ability to treat addiction, lead to recognition of addiction as a `real? disorder in need of medical treatment and thereby reduce stigma and discrimination. However, neuroscience raises numerous social and ethical challenges: ? If addicted individuals are suffering from a brain disease that drives them to drug use, should we mandate treatment? ? Does addiction impair an individual s ability to consent to research or treatment? ? How will neuroscience affect social policies towards drug use? Addiction Neuroethics addresses these challenges by examining ethical implications of emerging neurobiological treatments, including: novel psychopharmacology, neurosurgery, drug vaccines to prevent relapse, and genetic screening to identify individuals who are vulnerable to addiction. Essential reading for academics, clinicians, researchers and policy-makers in the fields of addiction, mental health and public policy
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages340
ISBN (Print)9781107003248
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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