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Damaging effect of outlawing drugs has on neuroscience research & treatment innovation

See on Scoop.itDrugs, Society, Human Rights & Justice

Many psychoactive drugs are used recreationally, particularly by young people. This use and its perceived dangers have led to many different classes of drugs being banned under national laws and international conventions. Indeed, the possession of cannabis, 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine (MDMA; also known as ecstasy) and psychedelics is stringently regulated. An important and unfortunate outcome of the controls placed on these and other psychoactive drugs is that they make research into their mechanisms of action and potential therapeutic uses — for example, in depression and post-traumatic stress disorder — difficult and in many cases almost impossible.

Julian Buchanan‘s insight:

Another illustration of the harms caused by drug policy.

I’m genuinely struggling to discern anything positive achieved by tough enforcement and prohibition -but can deliver a catalogue of diverse harms.

 

See on www.nature.com

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