Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Drugs in Society

Society has clung to the notion that some psychoactive drugs are 'good' whilst others are 'bad'. The 'good/bad' drug distinction sometimes becomes synonymous with 'safe/dangerous'.

But how reliable are these classifications? Can we honestly say that the judgements society makes about drugs and drug users are based on a clear understanding and objective analysis?

'The sufferer is tremulous and loses his self command; he is subject to fits of agitation and depression... As with other such agents, a renewed dose of the poison gives temporary relief, but at the cost of future misery.' From a medical textbook published in 1909.

What is the drug? Find out in the first Background Briefing, published in November 2004.

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