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Once a substance becomes evil... - Journal of Omnifarious

Jun. 21st, 2008

08:39 am - Once a substance becomes evil...

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I found an interesting article: "Prescription Ecstasy and Other Pipe Dreams"

It's an interview with someone who's doing a lot of research on potential therapeutic uses of 'evil' drugs. It's interesting and aggravating to learn that once a subtsance is branded 'evil' it becomes nearly impossible to do any worthwhile research on it.

I also find the possible use of MDMA in a therapeutic setting to treat PTSD to be particularly interesting.

The second amendment argument, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people.", seems particularly apropos here. Substances are not good or evil by themselves. It's the uses to which they're put that render them worrisome. Treating the substance as if it's inherently evil somehow is all the wrong approach.

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From:sparklewench
Date:June 21st, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
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If you are interested in drug research, I assume you have checked out Erowid. They rock.
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 21st, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Erowid

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They do. :-) I've given them money even. :-)

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From:smitty1e
Date:June 21st, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
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>The second amendment argument, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people.", seems particularly apropos here.

Maybe, but I'm interested in hearing if you think the body chemistry alterations make a difference.
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 21st, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Could you please state your question more clearly? I can't quite tell what question you're asking here.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 24th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
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Guns are an external object. Ingesting chemicals alters internal state. That is the distinction I was going for.
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 24th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)

Altering internal body chemistry

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The war against drugs is frequently justified by the evil things people do when on some particular drug or because they are addicted to it. In this way the drug is blamed for a human failure. There is nothing about that failure that is inherent to the chemical, it's all about how people use it. The same with a gun.

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From:smitty1e
Date:June 24th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Altering internal body chemistry

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IANAD, I can only offer the anecdotal evidence that drug usage of stuff much more powerful than caffine and nicotine has correlations with negative social behavior. I have several cousins who have lived "Jerry Springer" lives from fooling with chemicals.
Drugs affect the metabolism and organs, and thus the state of the body, in ways that firing a weapon do not.
Having said that, your point "it's all about how people use it" is indeed well taken, and brings up the libertarian question of how we preserve freedom for those who can manage it, while gently managing those who cannot.
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From:mattmolto
Date:June 21st, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
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tatertots are inherently evil
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 24th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)

Evil tatertots

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How do tatertots demonstrate their evilness?



Edited at 2008-06-24 09:11 am (UTC)
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From:smitty1e
Date:June 24th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Evil tatertots

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Tatertots make me fat when I consume them in bulk, which is clearly a personal attack. ;)
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