Prohibition

Legalizing Acid, Pot and Shrooms - Your Constitutional Right To Think As You Wish Should Extend To Psychedelic States Of Mind

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

FOR HUFFINGTON POST USA Thomas Roberts recently wrote on a topic that has long interested me: is the banning of mind-altering, psychedelics substance...

Seems The War On Drugs Is Hitting Bottom - Let's Also Lose the Baggage That Goes With It

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Still, wisdom is evolving. In the news: "Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for an end to the war on drugs."

Gun Fight at the Ukip Corral

Gregor Smith | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

Nigel Farage is frequently described as a "populist" and "man of the people" (although seemingly only by his critics), but last week he did something uncharacteristically un-populist...

Dealing With Toronto's Mayor Two - Enabling, Denial, Disease and Blah, Blah, Blah...

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Just as most murderers are not absolved by reason of insanity, most people who misbehave in public when tipsy (e.g., urinating for the crowd) are not necessarily diseased - some people are just rude and crude, without any medical qualification.

Who is the Addict? Part Two

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

A few days back, I published a piece right here titled: What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict? I really only dealt with the first part of the question: semantic pros and cons pertaining to word usage. This time, I wish the address the second question - a far more difficult question than the first.

Prohibition: Sowing the Seeds of a New Ban

Jason Reed | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Reed

As the government's arbitrary decision to ban Khat still resonates and incongruently flies in the face of evidence, it seems as if the prohibitive cru...

What's in a Word, and Who is the Addict?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

So I use the term 'addict' to describe a certain type of person. Many object to this designation. For one, there is stigma attached to it. Practically everyone you know has been carried away at some point by some poison - exercise, love, sex, gambling, tobacco, coffee, food, booze, dope, work - some object that everyone is (or has been) an addict. Hence, according to some, the label is meaningless.

Drug Legalization Revisited - Time to Get Serious About What That Means

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Many who oppose the legalization of harder drugs (e.g., heroin, cocaine) paint some pretty farfetched images. Take a ten year old walking over to a candy dispenser, and then walking away with some crack. Or, less farfetched: people buying what they please over the counter at convenience stores.

'Drug Related Violence' - A Misnomer We Can Do Without

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

All over the media, we hear talk of drug related violence. On the streets of Western democracies, in the jungles of Latin America, and elsewhere, people do seem to fight over drugs and the money they can generate.

The War on Drugs Shows No Signs of a Ceasefire

Matt Clough | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Politics
Matt Clough

With both Colorado and Washington state moving to legalise the recreational use of marijuana in past months, numerous commentators have posited that this is the turning of the tide in the US government's long running and largely futile "War on Drugs".

Why the US Should Not Ban Guns

Ellen Grace Jones | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Politics
Ellen Grace Jones

I hate guns. I wish they didn't exist. But they do. In the wake of the Connecticut shootings this mass knee-jerk call to impose strict firearm laws is an understandable reaction. Unfortunately it isn't the right one.

It Is Unfortunate That Oxycodone Can No Longer Be Injected

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

For a while, Oxycodone offered an option for opiate users - essentially, it was akin to medically prescribed heroin. Someone could get an oxy script and, rather than use it "properly", crush up a pill and do a smash.

Keeping Drugs Illegal Does Not Protect Children

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Illegal drugs are easier for young people to get than legal ones. True today, this was also true when I was a teen. Even at the age of 13, any illegal drug you wanted was just one 14 year old away. Alcohol purchases, on the other hand, required some work.

Addiction Beat - We Need Truth, Not Points of View and Personal Anecdotes

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Many seem to like my recently published book on addiction. Here's what I often get: "Dr. Ferentzy offers an interesting and challenging perspective ..." In such cases I will thank someone for their kind words, but then quickly counter: everything I wrote in that book is true; perspective is irrelevant.

Even Abstinence Based Recovery Would be Healthier if Drugs Were Legal

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.06.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Legalise the drugs, and even the abstainers will have a chance at a much healthier, less resentful, and happier time in their recovery.

Expecting People to be 'Freer' Than They Want to be - An Ironically Totalitarian Approach to Addiction

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Resistance to harm reduction initiatives, and to legalisation or decriminalisation of drug use, stems from many impulses. Here I will discuss just one: an expectation placed upon the addicted.

Drugs: Why Evidence Based Policies Must Lead the Way

Jason Reed | Posted 17.01.2012 | UK
Jason Reed

It's time that the burden of proof was shifted. The case for reform is firm and hard to ignore. The rationale for keeping the drug laws anchored needs justifying, and evidence must be placed by those who want to keep the 'drug war' alive.

Puzzled by the Governing Approach to Addiction? It's All About "Hitting Bottom"

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

When we finally get past this whole thing - war on drugs, hitting bottom, abstinence only - future generations will perceive it all much as we, today, perceive monstrosities like the persecution of witches and the Inquisition.

Are You Drug Dependent? Don't sweat it

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 30.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Often, dependence of any kind is presumed - without reflection - to be a problem that must be solved. For the record, every human being depends on air, food and water - are we all sick, or defective, for this reason?

The War on Drugs is Failing, so Let's Ban More Stuff!

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 26.12.2011 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

If you think that something like a "war on drugs" was a good idea to begin with, and also that it can be won, then by all means keep it up. I advise you to watch many episodes of the Three Stooges, and to learn all that you can from your mentor, Curly.