Understanding heroin as a 'rational addiction'

John F.P. Bridges

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This paper makes some interpretations on the Becker and Murphy model of rational addiction so as to consider policy issues beyond the discussion of the effects of price on heroin consumption. Through the model of the rational heroin user, this paper argues that heroin use is a symptom of other factors. The focus of the analysis is placed on the negative life events that underpin heroin consumption. Thus, policy makers who want to stop heroin use may find it more effective to first stop the underlying problems that are the cause of the catalytic consumption of heroin use. It may prove better to promote other religious, family and educational activities than to actively discourage heroin use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Addiction Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 30 2001


  • Economics
  • Heroin
  • Rational addiction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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