Medicine: The High Inhibitor

At 14, "B." was smoking marijuana and "chipping" (occasionally taking) heroin. By 17, he was up to regular "snorting" (inhaling) and "skin popping" (taking heroin by nonintravenous injection). Cold-turkey withdrawals in jail did not work, and he seemed condemned to the hopeless life of a full-fledged drug addict. But last year a family-guidance counselor referred him to Leon Brill, an associate of Dr. Jerome H. Jaffe at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. That may have been the first piece of good luck in B.'s unhappy life. Jaffe and Brill asked him to join a pilot study...

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