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Which Is More Addictive, Coffee or Nicotine? If You're Asking, You Can't Understand the Answer

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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4 Ways the NY Times Totally Blew It on Addiction Coverage

No publication has been more responsible for propagating myths of addiction than the “newspaper of record,” the New York Times. Here are four of the worst, and their consequences.

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Does Rehab Really Accomplish More Than 'Maturing Out' of Addiction?

Rob Reiner’s new film, Being Charlie, relates his son’s many stints in rehab and his coming clean at age 19, after which he co-wrote the film. What does this tell us about recovery?

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The New York Times' Coverage of Prince’s Death Feeds Our Opioid Myth

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Are You in Pain and Getting the Help You Need? The Opiate Addiction Dilemma That Obama Truly Grasps

Throughout the 20th, and now the 21st, centuries, public health officials and politicians have announced new drug scares. These scares have usually—but not always—involved opiates, also known as narcotics, but they’ve also in recent decades included cocaine and its derivative, crack, methamphetamines, Ecstasy, and other substances.

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When It Comes to Addiction, Drugs Are Not Really the Problem

Columbia University neuropsychologist Carl Hart has written a bestseller, High Price, comprising two related parts: his research with drugs showing that drugs’ effects are secondary in relation to the rewards associated with them (pay addicts enough and they quit), and his experience of life in the Miami ghetto, in which the introduction of crack to the community, and crack’s ultimate disappearance from it, had no impact on the social depredations pervading that community.

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While Tests Are Still Pending, It Is Possible to Draw Some Conclusions About Prince's Drug Issues

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

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Three Buddhist Truths About Curing Alcoholism, Demonstrated by My Enlightened Drinking Buddy

If you have the Buddhist gift of living in the here-and-now, share it. It’s your friends’ best, perhaps only, hope.

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One of the Most Popular Podcasts in America Totally Botched Its Drug Addiction Episode by Peddling Miracle Pills

In an episode titled “The Fix,” the science podcast series Radiolab, announced: “This episode we take (sic) a sober look at the throbbing, aching, craving desire states that return people (again and again) to the object of their addiction … and the pills that just might set them free.”

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What Does It Mean? Trump Is Winning Where White People Are Dying Early

We are experiencing record levels of drug addiction and death. At the same time, we are witnessing a stunning political upheaval in which a political novice is usurping the electoral process. About this figure, a conservative columnist says: “Donald Trump is epically unprepared to be president. He has no realistic policies, no advisers, no capacity to learn. His vast narcissism makes him a closed fortress. He doesn’t know what he doesn’t know and he’s uninterested in finding out.”

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