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Tue, 11 Jun 2002 07:36:35 -0300
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Dear Dave=20 Does your department also do random breathalyzers on officers and are = the occasional positive tests followed by instant dismissal no questions = asked? Tom Horan > ---------- > From: Dave Adler EMT-P[SMTP:email@example.com] > Reply To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Sent: Ter=E7a-feira, 11 de Junho de 2002 02:05 > To: email@example.com > Subject: RE: Drug (ab)use in Medicine? >=20 > Andrew wrote: 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!! >=20 > Andy, >=20 > I want to move to wherever you live. Here, I see those two things > weekly, some weeks daily. =20 >=20 > I've made 30 or so DUI arrests this year (I'm a full-time police > sergeant in Philadelphia). In 13 of those cases, marijuana has been = the > intoxicant. Of those 13, 5 have involved accidents with injuries. = You > don't even want to know the number of assaults I've handled where > marijuana has been a factor. >=20 > The notion that marijuana is a harmless, or less-harmful, drug is a > fallacy. =20 >=20 > Of course, all other arguments aside, there is one that is = irrefutable. > Marijuana is illegal in my neck of the woods. Those in a position of > public trust cannot fail to abide by the law and expect to maintain > their positions. By way of example, if you get caught using in my > service (and we do frequent, random drug testing) you're fired. No > questions asked. Not to mention that a conviction for a drug offense > can cost someone their license/certification. >=20 >=20 > Dave Adler, EMT-P > Editor, Prehospital Perspective Magazine > www.prehospital-perspective.com > firstname.lastname@example.org=20 > =20 > =20 >=20 > > -----Original Message----- > > From: email@example.com > [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] > > On Behalf Of andrew frazer > > Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2002 3:30 PM > > To: email@example.com > > Subject: Re: Drug (ab)use in Medicine? > >=20 > >=20 > >=20 > >=20 > > >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 > >=20 > >=20 > > 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!! > >=20 > > Andy. (Not a user!) Casualty Nurse. > >=20 > > _________________________________________________________________ > > MSN Photos is the easiest way to share and print your photos: > > http://photos.msn.com/support/worldwide.aspx > >=20 > >=20 > > -- > > trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG > > To change your settings or unsubscribe visit: > > http://www.trauma.org/traumalist.html >=20 > -- > trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG > To change your settings or unsubscribe visit: > http://www.trauma.org/traumalist.html >=20