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Sun, 9 Jun 2002 23:14:48 +0100
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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" <email@example.com> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2002 8:30 PM Subject: Re: Drug (ab)use in Medicine? > > > > >From: "Cotton, Chris (SAAS)" <email@example.com> > >Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org > >To: "'email@example.com'" <firstname.lastname@example.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 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 > > > -- > trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG > To change your settings or unsubscribe visit: > http://www.trauma.org/traumalist.html >