“The roots of addiction medicine began not in a young America but in the ancient civilizations of Africa and Europe. Special methods to care for those addicted to alcohol were developed in ancient Egypt, and references to chronic drunkenness as a sickness that enslaved body and soul date to Heroditus (fifth century BC), Aristotle (384-322 BC), and Seneca (4 B.C.-65 AD).” – William White

Addiction and risky substance use are very old, very complex problems that compromise¬†individual and public health. They won’t go away. However, scientific and technological tools offer fantastic opportunities to continue learning about their causes and how to address them.

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