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“Are addicts criminals who deserve to be punished?”

“Are addicts criminals who deserve to be punished?” 

Samuel Vorster

Introduction

During this paper, in response to the statement made at the local forum, known etiological models of addiction would be described. These are, not limited to, the biological, neurobiological, genetic and socio-cultural environmental models, which includes social learning theories. This evidence would depict that addicted individuals should not be treated only as criminals but as patients1.

During the course of addiction, during the stage of initiation, a choice is made by the individual to use substances2...

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