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The U.S. “war on drugs,” besides failing to meet its goals, has demonstrated a stubborn ignorance of the effects that different drugs have in the human body. Granted, some drugs cause degeneration and are properly outlawed. Opiates such as heroin and stimulants such as cocaine and methamphetamine take a harsh physical toll and leave users…

Recently, a discussion has sparked on ScienceBlogs over how the word “addiction,” could be used to describe some substances that aren’t necessarily harmful such as antidepressants. Scicurious from Neurotopia points out that if a substance changes one’s physical self, there will be physical effects if that drug is discontinued—a property of addiction. Likewise, PalMD from…