Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Methamphetamine, ecstasy and BZP, excellent bibliography

This is an EXCELLENT annotated bibliography of material published in New Zealand on the subject of ecstasy, methamphetamine, or "social tonics" (legal stimulants containing BZP and/or TMFPP, among other things). http://www.chamberlain.net.nz/research/

It begins with an introduction that briefly reviews the issues that the paper considers. The next four parts cover academic research papers; Masters and Ph.D. theses; policy papers (including material produced by government agencies, independent researchers, and lobby groups); and mass media material.

The final section contains two indexes: a subject index and an author index, as well as a list of further reading and a glossary.

Injury Associated with Methamphetamine Use: A Review of the Literature
[curiously, ACC funded, and draws some reflective conclusions. While strictly apolitical, there is not much here that prohibitors can be proud of ]

This paper reviews the literature exploring issues around methamphetamine and injury. There was a paucity of peer reviewed quantitative research and a lack of large scale epidemiological studies.
 [It begs the question, "So how come we have so many experts?" /Blair)

Further sources described cases and others described injury risk as part of an overall review of methamphetamine misuse. Thus, a number of limitations and potential biases exist within the literature. The main areas where associations were noted or extrapolated with methamphetamine use and injury were around driving and violence. Other associations with injury related to methamphetamine manufacture. There was also circumstantial evidence for third party injury (that is injury to those not specifically involved in drug use or drug manufacture); however, the available data are inadequate to confirm these associations/risks
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  • At 12:46 pm, April 08, 2006, Anonymous Simon said…

    Thanks for the compliment Blair. Hope that you find it useful in some way (my views on legalisation/prohibition are very similar to yours, but I had to try to present a balanced point of view in the bibliography, seeing as it was an academic work).

    It's pretty much comprehensive in terms of coverage of scientific literature and policy/research stuff, but very selective in terms of media coverage (I had to go for representative rather than comprehensive coverage). And it was written in June 2005 so it misses some recent developments).

     

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