by VR Sreeraman on  June 25, 2009 at 4:48 PM Alcohol & Drug Abuse News
 New Drug Therapies Raise 'Ethical Concerns': EU Centre
Scientific advances could help fight drug addiction but new invasive treatments such as inserting electrodes into the brain raise "ethical concerns," the EU's drug monitoring center said Wednesday.

"While research in neuroscience may hold the promise of new treatment possibilities, many of the approaches reviewed today remain untested and raise important ethical concerns," the center said in a report.

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The center warned particularly about the ethics of carrying out neurosurgery on drug addicts and "deep brain stimulation, where electrical stimulating electrodes are inserted into the parts of the brain involved in addiction."

The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction was set up in Lisbon in 1995 to help co-ordinate Europe's struggle against drug addiction by providing scientific advice and drug information monitoring.

Source: AFP

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