Maia Szalavitz will write a book to spur a more humane and effective drug policy by showing that addiction is a learning disorder, as opposed to simply a brain disease or criminal choice.
Szalavitz is perhaps the most prominent and prolific journalist in the United States covering drugs, drug policy, and addiction. She has written for the New York Times, Time, the Washington Post, Elle, New York Magazine, New Scientist, and Newsweek, among other publications, and has appeared on Oprah, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. She is the author of Help at Any Cost: How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids, a book-length exposé that helped lead to congressional hearings and guided two GAO investigations of the problem. Szalavitz is the recipient of the Drug Policy Alliance’s 2005 Edward M. Brecher Award for achievement in the field of media, and her work has been recognized by the American Psychological Association and the American College of Neuropsychopharmocology.