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Was Timothy Leary Right? Hmmm, I was surprised to find a Time Magazine article with such a mind-blowing question for for a title.
a quiet psychedelic renaissance is beginning at the highest levels of American science, including the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Harvard, which is conducting what is thought to be its first research into therapeutic uses of psychedelics (in this case, Ecstasy) since the university fired Timothy Leary in 1963. But should we be prying open the doors of perception again? Wasn’t the whole thing a disaster the first time?
Here’s an interesting report about a present day Canadian psychotherapist, who was barred from entering the U.S. because he published an article wherein he detailed his LSD experiences forty years ago was a psychedelic researcher in the ’60s.
Where Carla and Wayne Shoot Up provides some personalized insight into Insite, North America’s first safer injection site in Vancouver. The article has a link to research regarding attendance and drug use patterns of people using the Insite service during its first year of operation.
Results: From 10 March 2004 to 30 April 2005 inclusive, there were 4764 unique individuals who registered at the SIF. The facility successfully attracted a range of community injection drug users including women (23%) and members of the Aboriginal community (18%). Although heroin was used in 46% of all injections, cocaine was injected 37% of the time. There were 273 witnessed overdoses with no fatalities. During just 12 months of observation, 2171 individual referrals were made with the majority (37%) being referred for addiction counseling.
Interpretation: Vancouver’s SIF has successfully been integrated into the community, has attracted a wide cross section of community injection drug users, has intervened in overdoses, and initiated over 2000 referrals to counseling and other support services. These findings should be useful for other settings considering SIF trials.
There is also an interesting follow-up article to the one about Carla and Wayne entitled An Island Called Insite
Finally – for your viewing pleasure – there’s Dean Chamberlain’s lovely psychedelic digital art. This site has a bunch of eye-candy mind-candy including the trippy portrait of Timothy Leary (see above) and other LSD luminaries such as Albert Hofmann and Nina Grabo
Beautiful blotter art.
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