Drug research dollars wasted.

New drug research proves 110 year old theory.

Pavlov dog

Pavlov dog

I am not nearly as smart as a doctor doing research in his given field but isn’t this just another way to show that through Classical Conditioning Pavlov’s dogs were trained to salivate at the expectation of food.

Pavlov was given a Nobel Prize for medicine in 1904.  Our drug research is doing the same things 110 years later.

No wonder there has been no progress in healing addiction.  How much money does it cost to prove what was proven by Pavlov?  I certainly hope it wasn’t the NIAAA or NIDA or SAMSHA because those are tax payer dollars.

 

Drug Research and Pavlov’s dogs

Here is an example of what our drug research dollars are buying.  Try to remember that this is Featured Research at Science Daily

New research from The University of Texas at Dallas demonstrates that drug paraphernalia triggers the reward areas of the brain differently in dependent and non-dependent marijuana users. The study, published July 1 in Drug and Alcohol Dependence , demonstrated that different areas of the brain activated when dependent and non-dependent users were exposed to drug-related cues. The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States. According to a 2013 survey from the Pew Research Center, 48 percent of Americans ages 18 and older have tried marijuana. […]

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“We know that people have a hard time staying abstinent because seeing cues for the drug use triggers this intense desire to seek out the drugs,” said Dr. Francesca Filbey, lead author of the study and professor at the Center for BrainHealth in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. “That’s a clinically validated phenomenon and behavioral studies have also shown this to be the case. What we didn’t know was what was driving those effects in the brain.”

 

I am no expert on drug research but I am an expert on drug abuse.  I abused alcohol for over 25 years before quitting.  Everyone knows this information.  Triggers for relapse is a Drug Addiction 101 course.  It is required for every addict who wants to clean up.

Anyway, this seems like a waste of time and money.  Can anyone tell me why I am wrong?  If this kind of drug research is useful I am happy to have you set the record straight.  Why is this drug research useful?

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