Researchers are arguing that drugs that "boost the brain" should be permitted legal if they are safe and effective. Here's where it gets interesting: many drugs that boost the brain also produce a high.
Ramstad's support for Teen Challenge shows a disregard for evidence-based treatment and either a willingness to abandon his beliefs about treating addiction or a failure to investigate what kinds of programs he funds.
Is someone who opposes what the science says is the best treatment for heroin addiction really someone we want in charge of the agency which is supposed to help disseminate evidence-based care?
When Minnesota Teen Challenge responded to my recent blog entry about their anti-drug program, they cited a "study" to back their claims. What this paper actually shows is how easy it is produce good looking numbers.