The New Narcotic (Opinion)

Posted on November 11, 2013, in Addiction, Brain Science, Opinion

Publication Information

Title: The New Narcotic
Publication: The Witherspoon Institute
Author: Morgan Bennett
Date: 10/09/2013

New neurological research reveals that porn is as potently addictive as heroin or cocaine.

A growing body of research supports such an assertion as it relates to a new “narcotic”: internet pornography. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that in 2008 there were 1.9 million cocaine users. According to the Central Intelligence Agency, there are an estimated 2 million heroin users in the United States, with some 600,000 to 800,000 considered hardcore addicts. Compare these numbers to the 40 million regular users of online pornography in America.

Neurological research has revealed that the effect of internet pornography on the human brain is just as potent—if not more so—than addictive chemical substances such as cocaine or heroin.


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