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Friday, August 19, 2005
The Agitator recently blogged about this Washington Post story about cough syrup addiction:
Did it ever occur to anyone that using something once is perhaps not addiction? What is addiction?
Forgive me my ignorance... but I don't think trying something once qualifies as addiction. Widespread experimentation perhaps, but definitely not addiction. If a person tried something once in 30 days, and never did it again, perhaps they found the drug lacking and didn't use it again.
Currently everything seems to be addiction... but when you look at how they figure these things out, you realize that they use very shady definitions of addiction in order to inflate their numbers and make the problem look larger than it really is. This is a perfect example. How many of those teenagers used the syrup once a week for a month? How many used it in consecutive days? These are questions that would truly show whether cough syrup addiction was a problem. Personally, I would find it rather encouraging if so many teenagers tried something once then never did it again. Now then... maybe that's not the case here. The numbers are for those who tried it at least once. So now we'll never know if these numbers are encouraging, or really scary. Maybe if the researchers had been responsible we would... but I think they like it better this way.
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