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Sun, 9 Jun 2002 16:11:07 +0930
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......... I turn the lights off, light some incense, stoke my pipe and I'm taken on a musical journey for an hour. Hey - it works for me............. Chris - just what do you put in that pipe? :) John Dr John L Holmes Director Emergency Medicine Mater Hospitals, Brisbane, Australia Hmmmm, i could give the boring answer, or one that might stimulate some discussion, and perhaps even debate. I do this not necessarily as an advocate of what follows, but in the interest of seeing how other trauma players view the topic. We can be lame and ignore it, or we can look at it and discuss it. Hypothetically, suppose i said it was marijuana that i put in the pipe; and that i did it because i found it stimulating to my musical ear, it increased my clarity of thought and i enjoyed the sensation of being mildly stoned OCCASIONALLY? Would one cite studies that categorically denied that this might be a desireable side effect in some people? Would people start immediately citing references to studies that showed the deleterious effects of the drug? Would they then also do the same for PDI inhibitors like caffeine, or other epidemiological studies that showed the effects of alcohol and tobacco and their impacts on society? Would one then dare ask how many EMS workers use marijuana (or other drugs) occasionally, and how many of them may infact have spent longer in the job because they employed a behaviour that helped them take time out from their jobs occasionally and gave them "stress relief" perhaps. Their equivalent of the Theatre, gardening or a concert perhaps? Remember that this is only hypothetical, so please don't shoot the messenger for asking legitimate questions and bringing up discussion that examines drug use by EMS workers. I know a lot of people in the EMS industry who do use different drugs, both legitimate and illicit occasionally. Understanding what they use and a having a responsible attitude to their use, in their eyes does not necessarily correlate as an issue for most of them. Regards, Chris Cotton Intensive Care Paramedic.