• Roger E. Meyer
  • Steven M. Mirin


In recent years some of the supporters and sponsors of biomedical and behavioral research have encouraged interdisciplinary projects designed to elucidate the multivariate etiology of some human biomedical and behavioral disorders. In the field of the addictions, previous theoretical formulations on the “causes” of heroin addiction have tended to be uni-dimensional, based upon data gathered in a particular setting by an individual (or group of individuals) from a single scientific discipline. This has been especially true in the clinical area; yet the usefulness and validity of hypotheses on the “causes” of addiction based upon clinical observations of patients in treatment has been limited by the retrospective (and often biased) self-reporting of the patient sample, the absence of a control or comparison group, and the failure of most clinicians to observe their patient sample in a “natural” setting (including under the influence of drugs).


Brief Psychiatric Rate Scale Heroin Addict Heroin Addiction Opiate Addiction Narcotic Antagonist 
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