Where is the reality in reality-based drug prevention?


Dr. Marsha Rosenbaum’s recent opinion piece (2016) calling for “reality-based” drug prevention and accompanying prevention program “Safety First: A Reality Based Approach to Teens and Drugs” (Rosenbaum 2014) prompts the question: what is reality? If social science is to be believed, researchers must remove their subjective perception of “reality” and turn their attention to objective data. Rosenbaum claims that harm reduction programs are effective because they are based on “reality,” and yet, this “reality” is not based upon empirical data.
Theodore L. Caputi
Theodore L. Caputi
Economics & Health Researcher

My research interests include distributed robotics, mobile computing and programmable matter.