When Politics Usurp Science, We All Lose


One of the more articulate voices in the realm of addiction experts today is Carl Hart, who delivered a rousing TED Talk challenging our beliefs that drugs primarily cause addiction. In the talk he passionately offered evidence that poverty and crime are independent of drug problems, and that drugs including cocaine are far less addictive… [Continue Reading]

Reducing the Risk of Drinking and Driving

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This past Friday I was honored to be a presenter at the 2015 Oregon DUII Multi-Disciplinary Impaired Driving Training Conference. Unfortunately, due to a nasty cold, I was only able to muster the energy for one session instead of my planned two, which was a bummer. The talk, despite my low energy, was important to… [Continue Reading]

Why You Should Know About Implementation Science

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Years ago I attended a conference where I first learned of the work of Dean Fixsen and heard the phrase implementation science. What I most remember about his presentation is a PowerPoint slide he showed that to this day continues to haunt me: The table is taken from Joyce and Showers (2002) where the authors… [Continue Reading]

Is There an Easy Way to Stop Smoking?

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Have you heard of Allen Carr’s book an Easy Way to Stop Smoking? The approach developed by an accountant turned addiction guru may be the single most profitable addiction treatment intervention ever developed. His stop smoking books have sold over 10 million copies in 57 countries, and his organization now offers treatment seminars in 150 cities… [Continue Reading]

Unlocking the Mystery of Vivian Maier

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If you have seen the acclaimed documentary, Finding Vivian Maier, than you know she was somewhat of an enigma. For those who have not seen it, it’s the story of a mysterious nanny who spent much of her life taking pictures, but never showed them to anyone. Only when a young historian and collector, John… [Continue Reading]