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Drug (ab)use in Medicine?

Clive Leach trauma-list@trauma.org
Sun, 9 Jun 2002 23:14:48 +0100

Dear God , I wish hash would be legalized , the weekends would be GREAT !No
more punch ups , Everyone laughing at each others jokes, no one taking
offence at another's ideals.Although I drink too much [ an EMS trait?] and
smoke too much [ditto] ,I and my colleagues love each other as friends and
partners and just want a bit of peace and quiet .
                                                                 Best wishes
to all out there on the streets. Clive .
----- Original Message -----
From: "andrew frazer" <lordfrazer@hotmail.com>
To: <trauma-list@trauma.org>
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2002 8:30 PM
Subject: Re: Drug (ab)use in Medicine?

> >From: "Cotton, Chris (SAAS)" <cotton.chris@saambulance.com.au>
> >Reply-To: trauma-list@trauma.org
> >To: "'trauma-list@trauma.org'" <trauma-list@trauma.org>
> >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
> >taken on a musical journey for an hour. Hey - it works for
> >
> >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
> >and discuss it.
> >
> >Hypothetically, suppose i said it was marijuana that i put in the pipe;
> >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
> >deleterious effects of the drug? Would they then also do the same for PDI
> >inhibitors like caffeine, or other epidemiological studies that showed
> >effects of alcohol and tobacco and their impacts on society?
> >
> >Would one then dare ask how many EMS workers use marijuana (or other
> >occasionally, and how many of them may infact have spent longer in the
> >because they employed a behaviour that helped them take time out from
> >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
> >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.
> >
> >
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> Never seen anybody injured while fighting with a man on marijuana, or
> 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.
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