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Pharmacologist Dr. Avram Goldstein Discusses Addiction.

Pharmacologist Dr. Avram Goldstein. He set up some of the first methadone clinics to treat heroin addiction in California, and has a new book "Addiction: From Biology to Drug Policy" (Freeman). Goldstein argues that addictions are diseases, and must be considered a public health problem. A study released last month may back him up: 500,000 American deaths a year are attributed to cigarette, alcohol and drug use.

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Other segments from the episode on December 8, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 8, 1993: Interview with Roddy Doyle; Interview with Avram Goldstein; Review of Sebastien Japrisot's novel "A Very Long Engagement."

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