Dean Burnett: Celebrity endorsements for everything from homeopathy to Power Balance wrist bands are a depressingly effective substitute for scientific evidence. So if you can't beat them, why not join them?
The comedian and actor thinks drug laws should be changed and illegal drugs made available through chemists.
Would this help with the 'War on Drugs'? Would addicts go to a chemist to get their heroin or crack? And would this have a negative effect with the illict market? Cutting more with potentially more dangerous agents to decrease the street value? How would it be regulated?
So because it worked for him, Russell Brand is persuaded that abstinence-based recovery, rather than reliance on methadone, is the best way to help those with the “greedy disease” of opiate dependence.
NCPIC is conducting a study to test a new medication, Sativex, that may help people manage their withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop smoking cannabis. This study is suitable for those who are over 18 years of age, are daily cannabis users with a desire to quit, have tried and failed to quit cannabis in the past, and are able to undertake an eight-night stay in hospital in Newcastle or Sydney.
"The department's toxicology laboratory has identified the active components of marijuana," medical examiner Dr. Bruce Hyma said in a statement. "The laboratory has tested for but not detected any other street drugs, alcohol ...