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Addiction Treatment:  What Works?  Do We Use “What Works?”

New Book Features Provocative Essays About Drug Addiction and its Treatment


Wednesday, December 5, 7:00-11:00 am est

WHAT:  Drug addiction remains one of the nation’s most significant public health problems, accounting for 1 in 5 deaths and costing several hundred billion dollars, yet its treatment is a topic of intense debate and confusion. The media are permeated with stories of celebrities whose drug use is reported on as an excuse for bad behavior and lack of self control.  The public sees their repeat visits to rehabilitation and assumes that treatment doesn’t work – or worse, they believe these visits are merely ploys to gain sympathy.  Other people, desperate for treatment and determined to change, seek effective addiction treatment and never receive it.  This book critically examines addiction treatment through a series of provocative essays by some of the nation’s foremost authorities, beginning with a thought-provoking introduction by former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

Dr. Jack Henningfield is a leading addiction expert and co-editor, along with Dr. Patricia Santora and Dr. Warren Bickel, of the new book, Addiction Treatment: Science and Policy for the 21st Century.  He will be available to discuss the book and such provocative questions as:

  • Does addiction treatment work?
  • Is addiction the latest excuse for bad behavior?
  • Is drug addiction really a disease or just a personal choice reflecting lack of motivation to stop?
  • Should drug abusing pregnant women be prosecuted or treated?
  • Does prison help break the addiction cycle or fuel it?
  • Are the famous and wealthy able to gain access to better quality treatment?
  • What’s wrong with occasional non-addictive drug use?
  • Is it best to start treatment when the drug abuser reaches rock bottom?
  • Do people really need treatment or isn’t it really about self-control?
  • Does stigma drive people to or away from treatment?
  • What drug carries the highest risk of addiction and premature death?
  • Can emergency rooms help break the addiction cycle?

WHO: Jack E. Henningfield, Ph.D.,  

  • Leading addiction scientist with broad experience in public communication including the media, testifying before the US Congress, World Health Organization, and other organizations
  • Director of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Awards Program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine(www.InnovatorsAwards.org
  • Adjunct Professor of Behavioral Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Author of more than 300 papers on topics including public health, addiction and pharmacology
  • Expert consultant to the World Health Organization and many other national/international organizations
  • Vice President, Research and Health Policy, Pinney Associates (www.PinneyAssociates.com) consulting on addiction and tobacco treatment and other health and pharmaceutical issues

SPONSOR: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Awards Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

**To schedule an interview, please contact Rebecca Janoff/Dennis Tartaglia at 212-481-7000 or rebeccaj@mbooth.com


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All rights reserved. Last Updated January 15, 2010

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