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Ayesha Sayed

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If you could influence this issue, what would you do to drug addicts?

I have a brother who was plagued by addiction for almost 8 years, it was a battle for everyone in the family. I saw him suffering through the addiction, being deported, depressed and our family being ripped apart. If you could influence the destiny of these addicts, what would you do? would you allow them to suffer in jails or would you help rehabilitate them and become better humans? I know how dangerous addicts can be but don't they deserve a chance at life?

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  • Jan 6 2012: I'm no expert, far from it, but it would not surprise me if pretty soon (the next 20 years or so) we start making progress on addiction as a treatable brain malfunction. Just recently I was reading about some milestone in treating severe depression with long-term embedded electronic brain stimulators, apparently it works. It wouldn't surprise me at all if we start doing similar things for addictions. So to answer your question, what I would do to addicts is give them the option of having a chip implanted in their skulls that helps fix the problem at the source. Obviously there are financial concerns, and you'd have to wait for an inevitable moment of regret to get them to sign the papers authorizing doctors to drill into their head, but in general I suspect that it's a decent approach.

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