This might help to explain why even addicts who have been ‘clean’ for extended periods are unable to return to drug use without further problems.
Many of us already have painkillers sitting on a shelf in the bathroom medicine cabinet, alongside the aspirin and the allergy meds. Sometimes they’re unused from prior medical or dental problems.
People have abused opiates for 5,000 years. As much as medicine depends on them, they’ve always created problems for a percentage of users.
The Norwegian study is part of an ongoing effort to restore the right of researchers to conduct studies involving therapeutic uses of LSD.
What we’re seeing now is an unintended consequence of a change in prescribing. Which doesn’t mean that the medical professions weren’t warned about the possibility, however — they were.