An article co-authored by UF Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Professor Roger Papke, Ph.D., was published in the newest edition of the Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy.
Papke wrote the article, “Betel, the Orphan Addiction,” with Dr. Melissa Little from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
From the abstract:
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are addicted to “betel nut” (areca), but unfortunately, to most people in Western nations, this addiction is perceived as little more than a curious Asian custom. Recent epidemiology has shown that betel use has concomitant health risks similar to tobacco use. This review discusses the magnitude of the problem, the need for increased public awareness, and the potential for developing programs to reduce the burden of this addiction on world health.
The full article can be viewed here.