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Keywords:

  • NISUD;
  • substance use;
  • sun downing

Paul Meehl, a brilliant human, major figure in psychological science and occasional mentor in my formative years in training commented more than once on back-and-forth arguments, regardless of their intellectual merit. He ‘suggested’ one convey ones perspective, listened to the counterpoint(s) and then go off to ponder the merits of each position. This, rather than continued debate (usually at louder volume, or with more vociferous comment) he mused, would generate rational development in any arena. Occasionally I have had the will and wisdom to follow this dictum and this would seem an apt opportunity.

Keith Humphreys [1], Roger E. Meyer [2], Lorraine T. Midanik [3], and Helge Waal [4], have argued sagely and raised important issues based on their diverse experience and knowledge. Their thoughts on my paper [5] are appreciated. I found the perspectives informative and hope others will as well. Combined with my comments in what one author termed my ‘provocative article’, thoughtful and constructive resolution to important issues may emerge. The spectrum of views, experience, and information sources, may inform the scientists and clinicians in the fields as well as political decision makers. In turn this may permit us all to move beyond the analytic dilemma of the ‘blind men/people and the elephant’.

Again, my thanks to Drs Humphreys, Meyer, Midanik and Waal for their substantive effort and to Dr Peter Miller and Addiction for providing a forum for discussion.

Declaration of interest

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The author has a long history of funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He was also a staff member at the Institute in the early 1980s and participated in interagency activities, committees, etc.

References

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