X possibly not so bad
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By jank - Last updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 - Save & Share - 3 Comments

Aside from being a raging drunk, I’ve never dabbled in recreational pharmaceuticals. But my general libertarian impulse is that we oughtta legalize many of the substances we’re currently at ‘war’ with. John’d posted a while back about the link between X and Parkinson’s; “this”:http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1037007,00.html article implies that the studies may not have been as conclusive as thought.

bq. _The study was based on the fact that laboratory monkeys and baboons had a severe reaction to the drug when it was injected in small doses. But it emerged this weekend that the vials of liquid did not contain ecstasy. Instead, the animals received a dose of methamphetamine, or speed – a drug widely known to affect the body’s dopamine system. The tubes had somehow been mislabelled by the supplier_

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3 Responses to “X possibly not so bad”

Comment from K-PHO
Time September 11, 2003 at 9:22 am

Aside from the corruption of the study, I am still leaning towards X being bad for you. There have been more studies done on synapses and effects on heartbeat patterns to suggest that the stuff will cause harm with regular, habitual use. For myself, I was only an occasional user for 6-7 years and I’m never quite sure whether my inability to remember names is due to past drug use or something else. Maybe it’s the marijuana.

And speaking of … yes, legalize it. Let’s stop the “war on drugs” farce right now and admit it will never, ever be “won,” start with marijuana and gradually move to ALL controlled substances, begin taxing and regulating it like cigarettes, and be done with all this mandatory minimum sentence foolishness.

Comment from jank
Time September 11, 2003 at 9:49 am

I’ve got no doubts that recreational pharmaceuticals are bad for the users. I’ve driven the porcelian Buick more times than necessary, and am carrying a case of beer around my belly as living proof. Pot smoke is still smoke; inhaling isn’t exactly good for the alveoli regardless of the active ingredient.

What interested me with this article in particular was the tendancy of the media to grab on to bad news and pump it ad infinitum, with retractions such as the above usually hidden away. The drug war is the most frequently cited example, but coverage of environmental issues and the Iraq War have dwelled much more heavily on the setbacks than the successes.

Comment from etrigan
Time September 11, 2003 at 3:42 pm

Another driver for the war on drugs is busy-bodies. Nancy Reagan should have kept her nose out of people’s dirty piss and Ronnie should have ignored her when she started spouting this theory that contradicts the “personal responsibility” creed.

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