The idea of treating substance abusers as disease sufferers is tremendously appealing. But, like other disagreements steeped in divergent bedrock values, there's no getting around this one.
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Minnesota Teen Challenge is a leading and respected treatment center in Minnesota, part of a large network of Teen Challenge centers across the United States.
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?
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.
Obama shouldn't make the mistake that Bill Clinton did and install a drug czar who will ignore science and push dogma.
"I'm burned out, I'm tired," Rep. Jim Ramstad (R., Minn.) said as he announced he won't seek a 10th term in the House. "I still have the passion for p...
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