Doctors: Protect Drug Users from Punitive Politicians

Doctors must step up to protect people with drug-use problems in the current political climate, Pamela Das and Richard Horton urge in a Lancet editorial.
“It is time to recognise the humanity of drug users,” they write, introducing a series on drug use in The Lancet.
The series details developments on 4 fronts, VICE reports. Key takeaways:

  • Opioids: Expand treatment using methadone and buprenorphine.
  • Legalized cannabis: Pay attention now, before Big Cannabis delivers a substantial revenue stream to governments and legislation is tough to change.
  • Stimulants: Break the over-reliance on law enforcement to deal amphetamines such as meth, especially in Asia.
  • Synthetic drugs: Our paralysis has been in the works for a long time: An “impressively prophetic” 1988 paper warned of the rise of synthetics like fentanyl.
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