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The dos and don’ts of helping a drug-addicted person recover

How you talk to people with drug addiction might save their life.

We could cut the opioid death rate by 50% – but we’re not

As more and more people die, drug companies keep reaping in a massive profit.

What's worse than drug addiction? The cruelty of drug treatments.

Drug treatment centers pose potential threats to drug addicts.

Drug prevention advice for parents

How to talk to kids responsibly about drugs.

Understanding addiction: Why your brain gets hooked on gambling

The brain of a gambling addict mimics that of a drug addict. But no outside chemicals are involved. How does that happen?

A New Definition of Addiction Makes Rehab and Recovery More Effective

We have typically defined addiction as needing a substance to function normally, but this ignores crucial psychological qualities of addiction. A new and better definition has arrived, says Maia Szalavitz.

Are America's Anti-Drug Laws Scientific? Or Are They Colonialist and Racist?

American anti-drug laws are inspired by colonialism and racism, not science. They are at odds with our current understanding of addiction and ignore the economic blight of this second gilded age.