Drug Addiction and Chemical Dependency

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Dependence develops when the neurons adapt to the repeated drug exposure and only function normally in the presence of the drug. When the drug is withdrawn, several physiologic reactions occur. These can be mild (e.g., for caffeine) or even life threatening (e.g., for alcohol). This is known as the withdrawal syndrome.”

Medicinal- and street-drug dependency and trafficking violate Human Rights 1, 5, 29, and 30.