What is addiction?

Adrian Nicholas Carter, Wayne Dallas Hall, Benjamin James Capps

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAddiction neurobiology: Ethical and social implications
EditorsAdrian Carter, Benjamin Capps, Wayne Hall
Place of PublicationLuxembourg
Pages21 - 26
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789291683475
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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