Since the recent passage of regulations concerning subjects' rights and
freedom on inquiry, opposition by the public and others to some areas of
research in the addictions has prevented its implementation or
continuation. Research investigators in the biomedical and behavioral
sciences have been placed in the position of defending their work in an
adversary climate. The author points out the importance of transmitting to
the public, the scientific community, and legislators the investigators'
concern that "subjects' rights" not be viewed only in a legalistic context,
but also in the context of not harming the patient.