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Mosaic Science. (2018) Here's how Iceland radically cut teenage drug use. World Economic Forum

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At Metropolitan State College of Denver, Harvey Milkman was instrumental in developing the idea that people were getting addicted to changes in brain chemistry. Kids who were “active confronters” were after a rush – they’d get it by stealing hubcaps and radios and later cars, or through stimulant drugs. Alcohol also alters brain chemistry, of course. It’s a sedative but it sedates the brain’s control first, which can remove inhibitions and, in limited doses, reduce anxiety.

“People can get addicted to drink, cars, money, sex, calories, cocaine – whatever,” says Milkman. “The idea of behavioural addiction became our trademark.”

This idea spawned another: “Why not orchestrate a social movement around natural highs: around people getting high on their own brain chemistry – because it seems obvious to me that people want to change their consciousness – without the deleterious effects of drugs?”.....


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol, Alcohol or other drugs in general, CNS stimulants, New psychoactive substance
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:5 October 2018
Corporate Creators:Mosaic Science
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence
F Concepts in psychology > Skills > Coping skills
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention programme or service
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > Youth club / cafe based prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > Community-based prevention
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Prevention worker
VA Geographic area > Europe > Iceland

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