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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Scientific American vs. the War on Drugs

The editors of Scientific American have called for an end to the federal government's prohibition against psychoactive drug research. They pointed out that LSD, MDMA (aka Ecstasy), psilocybin and cannabis all “had their origins in the medical pharmacopeia.”

Marijuana and all other psychedelic drugs are classified as Schedule I, meaning “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

LSD and Ecstasy were both heavily used by psychotherapists (er, their patients, that is) before they became illegal.  As the linked article says:

“A catch-22 has arisen:  these drugs are banned because they have no accepted medical use, but researchers cannot explore their therapeutic potential because they are banned.”

Recent studies have also shown that former prisoners who take LSD or psilocybin are less likely to return to prison.  No wonder the Prison Industrial Complex wants to keep these drugs illegal.

Also from the linked article:

“If some of the obstacles to research can be overcome, it may be possible to finally detach research on psychoactive chemicals from the hyperbolic rhetoric that is a legacy of the war on drugs. Only then will it be possible to judge whether LSD, ecstasy, marijuana and other highly regulated compounds — subjected to the gauntlet of clinical testing for safety and efficacy — can actually yield effective new treatments for devastating psychiatric illnesses.”


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7 Comments:

Blogger Jerry Critter said...

One, criminalizing drug use makes no sense and is not an effective drug treatment program. Drug use should be treated as a medical problem, not a law enforcement problem.

Two, treating psychiatric illnesses with psychoactive drugs seems to be a logical path to peruse. There is no reason why the government should prohibit it.

The war on drugs is simply another failed war among many failed wars. Wars do not solve international problems. Wars do not solve national problems. Wars do not solve medical problems.

January 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Cirze said...

I remember lots of folks who went on to be doctors, lawyers and Indian chiefs doing research with mescaline, psilocybin and grass.

Too bad the prison experiments (h/t to Dr. Leary) had to be discontinued in order to fill up all the coming new prisons.

Capitalism!

Who'da thunk it would come to this?

Or is it negative capitalism?

Invent a sensational new product, raise the demand for it, and then imprison the target audience.

It's a money maker either way.

January 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Fuckin government. Bunch a knee jerk brain dead sad excuses we allowed to run our country year in year out.

January 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

prisons aren't going to fill themselves you know, that's why we have these wars see ;)

Life as I know it now

January 30, 2014 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

So where are the drugs?

January 31, 2014 at 7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From now on I'll start listening to that Girl with the Kaleidoscope eyes


Erik

January 31, 2014 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: The only people who benefit from the War on Drugs are the drug cartels and the prison industrial complex.

Cirze: Negative capitalism -- good description. No wonder our "beacon of freedom" has more prisoners than any other country in the world.

MRM: But at least they're good for entertainment purposes.

Life: Yup, war is healthy for prison owners and other living things.

Randal: Sorry, they're still illegal.

Erik: LOL, we all should have been listening to her all along.

January 31, 2014 at 5:59 PM  

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