• Ann Tucker

Opinion: Punishing Drug Use Heightens the Stigma of Addiction

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse

Our understanding of substance use disorders as chronic but treatable health conditions has come a long way since the dark days when they were thought of as character flaws — or worse. Yet societal norms surrounding drug use and addiction continue to be informed by myths and misconceptions.


Among the most harmful of these is the scientifically unfounded belief that compulsive drug-taking by individuals with addiction reflects ongoing deliberate antisocial or deviant choices. This belief contributes to the continued criminalization of drug use and addiction. Read more

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