Researchers Recast Addiction as a Manageable Disease

 – June 9, 2014  –– 

A group of addiction researchers recently recommended to the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, part of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, that the problem of substance use disorders should be approached as a medical, not a legal, issue. Needed are new therapies to treat not only these addictions, but addictions to substances of abuse such as cocaine and methamphetamine. According to Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, Director of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, there is room for optimism. "If you turn the clock back 50 or 60 years to a time before antidepressants were introduced, no one in the field would have expected such robust chemical treatments of depression.”

-Dr. Eric Nestler, Director, Friedman Brain Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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