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New Black Market Designer Drugs: Why Now?

2C-E and other illicit new drugs are a danger to users and a threat to psychedelic research, experts warn.

Why Do People Take Designer Drugs? continued...

The effects that Goldsmith talks about, and the positive changes seen in participants in the Johns Hopkins psilocybin study, are far from the disastrous effects seen in the Minnesota and Oklahoma youths.

Ongoing research is on the brink of finding legitimate uses for psychedelic drugs such as easing the fear of death in patients with terminal disease, helping addicts recover, and treating posttraumatic stress disorder. These findings may reintegrate the psychedelic experience into our culture, as Goldsmith suggests.

Society's reaction to rampant illicit use of psychedelic drugs derailed research from the early 1970s until the mid 1990s. It remains to be seen whether the current surge in illicit designer drugs once again creates a backlash that makes legitimate research impossible.

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Reviewed on June 24, 2011

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