Apomorphine Versus Addiction
The primary purpose of this site –Apomorphine Versus Addiction– is educational. It is devoted to information surrounding the topic of dependency on legal and illegal drugs that, directly or indirectly, affects us all. All opinions are offered in the non-confrontational spirit of greater understanding, but the facts are commended to science and, in particular, the Humanities.
Anybody is free to comment on any of the issues raised and contribute with info, articles, etc.
It may be of interest to those who strive to reduce the strain on society of drug dependency that in the 1950s American doctors envied their British counterparts for having escaped the ills that stem from endemic drug use: drug cartels, crime, incarceration, recidivism, and a range of socio-economic problems, including poverty, illness and premature death. Today, with upwards of 350,000 of UK citizens dependent on class A drugs, no such distinction can be made.
The burden of this on society is catastrophic, and, on our health services, crippling. Our legislators have systematically and progressively failed to combat the rise of addiction and continue in denial. Therefore, if you have ever been interested in the political and ethical dimensions surrounding British drugs policy either from a medical, scientific or legislative position, then this site may be of interest.
Significantly, we are at a challenging moment in our history. Resources are constantly being diverted away from the areas of greatest need as disparities of health, wealth and opportunity continue to grow. Regrettably, our legislators and institutions appear increasingly reluctant or incapable of any meaningful response. Is it conceivable that our power brokers actually want to continue with a ruinous strategy that contradicts their publicly stated aims?
Apart from these controversies this site also addresses the issue surrounding ‘off patent’ drugs and specifically, in respect of apomorphine versus addiction and other diseases, exposes the scant understanding previously directed towards this subject by doctors, neurologists and psychiatry. Accordingly, there is no shortage of detail, but, if you are busy, you can start at the AFTERWORD and refer to the hyperlinked points.
“It is what we think we know that keeps us from learning”
— Claude Bernard, French Physiologist
Much of this site explores the history surrounding addiction by one pioneering doctor.
Some of his views are succinctly illustrated in the following video by the Naked Truth Project.
“In our blind search for a response that removes the stimulus we build up more and more complicated responses, entailing longer and longer nervous arcs for their functioning until the stimulus is dealt with. If the nervous arc is long enough to involve the highest centres of the brain then our response is a conscious one, but if the same stimulus is repeated frequently, at each repetition our response becomes quicker and more automatic. It is therefore travelling through a shorter arc, and eventually it travels through one, which does not traverse the highest centres, and the response is now unconscious and habitual. By habitual we mean that the will has lost its control over the response, and when the stimulus acts in altered circumstances we no longer have any power to alter our response to meet this alteration. We are creatures of our habits, and we are continually made aware of our impotence before them.” – John Yerbury Dent, 1934.