16 Jan 2019
The Guardian: Craving insight into addiction
Dopamine is incidentally involved in addiction. The function of dopamine appears to be in a system or systems for the initiation and maintenance of our behaviours – the way we think, feel and act. These systems could be called systems for iteration.
3 Jan 2019
CNN: The five most addictive substances in the world
From the points of view of different researchers, the potential for a drug to be addictive can be judged in terms of the harm it causes, the street value of the drug, the extent to which the drug activates the brain’s dopamine system, how pleasurable people report the drug to be, the degree to which the drug causes withdrawal symptoms, and how easily a person trying the drug will become hooked.
17 Dec 2018
Boston Globe: With marijuana shops open, pot convention gets serious
Less than a month after the debut of legal marijuana sales in Massachusetts, thousands of consumers from around New England descended on this city Saturday for the second annual Harvest Cup — an industry convention, product competition, and celebration of cannabis culture.
29 Nov 2018
The Guardian: How ‘fixing rooms’ are saving the lives of drug addicts
Across Europe, facilities that offer medical supervision for addicts are dramatically reducing drug-related deaths.