Addiction and drug abuse exact an enormous toll upon European society, largely as a result of premature death, physical harm and increased health care costs, violence and crime. A significant proportion of the European population will become addicted to licit or illicit drugs during their lifetime. Given the health and social burden of addiction, there is strong public interest in preventing addiction and improving the chances that addicts will stop using drugs. The policies that are often used to pursue these goals depend critically on how drug use and addiction are understood.
|Title of host publication||Addiction neurobiology: Ethical and social implications|
|Editors||Adrian Carter, Benjamin Capps, Wayne Hall|
|Place of Publication||Luxembourg|
|Pages||21 - 26|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|