should be understood as a chronic
recurring illness that requires treatment.
– Alan Leshner, MD, former head of the National
Drug Abuse at NIH, in "Addiction
is a Brain Disease."
The tragic death of a brilliant young writer named Jacob Waletzky* from a cocaine induced cardiac arrhythmia at the age of 29 inspired the creation of this website. The site is produced and funded by Lucy Waletzky, MD, a psychiatrist who is Jacob's mother and fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is assisted by Marsha J. Handel, a medical librarian at Beth Israel Medical Center. The web site is designed and maintained by eostudios.com.
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Lens, Jacob Waletzky's unfinished novel about
a young Mormon who tries to save his atheist brother
Gordon from his heroin addiction.