Dr. Volkow's Published Papers

Position Papers

  • Addiction Should Be Treated, Not Penalized, (Health Affairs Blog (en espanol), April, 2021)
  • Collision of the COVID-19 and Addiction Epidemics (Annals of Internal Medicine, July, 2020)
  • Stigma and the Toll of Addiction, (The New England Journal of Medicine, April, 2020)
  • The role of the oral health community in addressing the opioid overdose epidemic (PubMED, August, 2018)
  • Overdose prevention through medical treatment of opioid use disorders (PubMED, August 2018)
  • Medications for opioid use disorder: bridging the gap in care (PubMED, November, 2017)
  • Medical Marijuana Laws and Cannabis Use, Intersections of Health and Policy, (PubMED, June, 2017)
  • The Role of Science in Addressing the Opioid Crisis (The New England Journal of Medicine Special Report & Video, May, 2017)
  • Opioid Abuse in Chronic Pain - Misconceptions and Mitigation Strategies (PubMed, Mar 2016)
  • Opioids in Pregnancy (PubMed, Jan 2016)
  • Brain Disease Model of Addiction: Why is it so Controversial? (PubMed, Aug 2015)
  • NOW vs LATER Brain Circuits: Implications for Obesity and Addiction (PubMed, Mar 2015)
  • Beliefs modulate the effects of drugs on the human brain, (PubMED, February, 2015)
  • Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use (PubMed, Jun 2014)


  • Effects of Cannabis Use on Human Behavior, Including Cognition, Motivation, and Psychosis: A Review (PubMed, Mar 2016)​
  • The Brain on Drugs: From Reward to Addiction (PubMed, Aug 2015)
  • Addiction as a Systems Failure: Focus on Adolescence and Smoking (PubMed, Apr 2011)
  • Neurocircuitry of Addiction (PubMed, Jan 2010)
  • The Neural Basis of Addiction: A Pathology of Motivation and Choice (PubMed, Aug 2005)
  • Drug Addiction and its Underlying Neurobiological Basis: Neuroimaging Evidence for the Involvement of the Frontal Cortex (PubMed, Oct 2002)


  • COVID-19 risk and outcomes in patients with substance use disorders: analyses from electronic health records in the United States (Molecular Psychiatry, September 2020)
  • Functional Connectivity and Brain Activation: A Synergistic Approach (PubMed, Oct 2014
  • Obesity and Addiction: Neurobiological Overlaps (PubMed, Jan 2013)
  • Motivation Deficit in ADHD is Associated with Dysfunction of the Dopamine Reward Pathway (PubMed, Nov 2011)
  • How Can Drug Addiction Help Us Understand Obesity? (PubMed, May 2005)
  • Association of Dopamine Transporter Reduction with Psychomotor Impairment in Methamphetamine Abusers (PubMed, Mar 2001)
  • Brain Dopamine and Obesity (PubMed, Feb 2001)
  • Addiction, A Disease of Compulsion and Drive: Involvement of the Orbitofrontal Cortex (PubMed, Mar 2000)
  • Decreased Striatal Dopaminergic Responsiveness in Detoxified Cocaine-dependent Subjects (PubMed, Apr1997)
  • Decreased Dopamine-D(2) Receptor Availability is Associated with Reduced Frontal Metabolism in Cocaine Abusers (PubMed, Jun 1993)
  • Graphical Analysis of Reversible Radioligand Binding from Time Activity Measurements Applied to [N-C-11-methyl]-(-)-cocaine PET Studies in Human Subjects (PubMed, Sep 1990)