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January 9, 2020 – Volkow continued, “My question: Why are we as a country vulnerable to all of these drugs?” “What has happened that has made it possible for these drugs to take hold in a dramatic way?” The answers to those questions could require a shift in how America approaches drugs, focusing not just on the substances making headlines but also addiction more broadly and the causes of addiction. It would mean building a comprehensive addiction treatment system that’s equipped to deal with all kinds of drugs. And it could require looking at issues that aren’t seemingly drug-related at first, like whether socioeconomic and cultural forces are driving people to use more drugs.



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