To break heroin addiction, one neuroscientist suggests using drugs

By Courtland Milloy, Bankole A. Johnson, a neuroscientist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, illustrates the difficulty of breaking a heroin habit by comparing the craving for opioids with desires for food and sex. “Drinking alcohol, in the brain of someone who is addicted, is about 10 times better than food and sex,” he says. “Think about giving up something that is 10 times better than food or sex. It’s tough. When you start getting to cocaine, it’s about a hundred times more. And when you start getting to opiates, it’s about a couple of hundred.” The point is critical to Johnson’s case for expanding the use of medication-assisted drug addiction therapy. Advances in neuroscience have shown that “addiction is a disorder of the brain,” Johnson…


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