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August 16, 2003

Is the War on Drugs genetic discrimination?

New GNXP reader "M. Simon" has an interesting post over at Winds of Change. His thesis is as follows:

What we call addiction is in fact self-treatment of undiagnosed pain. I know from experience that this idea is hard to accept, so let's talk about some concrete examples.
This whole drug enforcement and anti-tobacco regime amounts to a kind of genetic discrimination against pain sufferers. Some people get over their PTSD in a short amount of time. For others the problem is life-long. The time it takes for pain memories to decay depends on the severity of the trauma and the genetic make up of the individual. About 20% of the population can have long term problems.

I personally oppose the Drug War on straight-forward libertarian grounds-but food for thought even if you favor illicit drugs remaining illegal.

Posted by razib at 05:41 PM

I remember an article about heroin in a glossy would-be-hip magazine from a major publisher in 1968. The author hung out with junkies for a while, and finally decided to try the stuff himself. He found it completely untempting. One of his subjects told him this was because "you don't hurt enough."

Stimulants are more typically used as self-medication for depression, but the same premise applies. Thirty five years ago amphetamines were the standard pharmacuetical anti-depressant. Now there are much subtler, "better", medicines, and those who need the immediate feeling of non-depression can only get their tweak from some of the most violent criminals in the drug trade.

Posted by: triticale at August 18, 2003 07:43 PM

If marijuana will be made legal, the really dangeros drugs usage will be lover.

Posted by: Read at September 20, 2003 08:19 AM