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>From: "Cotton, Chris (SAAS)" <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Reply-To: email@example.com >To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com> >Subject: Drug (ab)use in Medicine? >Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2002 16:11:07 +0930 > >......... 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. > > >-- >trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG >To change your settings or unsubscribe visit: >http://www.trauma.org/traumalist.html Never seen anybody injured while fighting with a man on marijuana, or anyone killed by a man driving his car while 'stoned'. Seen thousands of people injured or killed because of alcohol. Lets get that into perspective!! Andy. (Not a user!) Casualty Nurse. _________________________________________________________________ MSN Photos is the easiest way to share and print your photos: http://photos.msn.com/support/worldwide.aspx