21 June 2005

Can you say "injectable nicotine"?


This should come as no surprise — it turns out that nicotine works its magic through the same mechanism as heroin (at least in mice it does). If also true in humans, it should mean that treatments for one addiction — the article mentions naloxone — should also work for the other.

It would be nice if this meant that more research could be done into extreme treatments for addiction, such as ibogaine. It would be even nicer if it meant that addiction could be medicalized, and drugs in general could be either medicalized or legalized and regulated (depending on the drug).

But in today's orgy of repression, I wouldn't expect either to happen.