Now by no means can I condone its use, nor do I intend to through means of this rant, however a number of issues need to be publicised in light of ANOTHER government advisors resignation following the handling of this drug in recent weeks.
With the run up to an upcoming election we have seen more turmoil envelop the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ADMD) then ever in its history. Largely put down to Media pressure, the governments rash decision-making in the hope for authoritative and leadership qualities to shine through in the hope for more votes is not the correct manner in which to get a drug banned without ANY grounded evidence towards the palava that has embelished new party drug Mephedrone and its supposed effects as a death-inducing drug.
Whilst its hard to deny it is a harmful substance, just HOW harmful we still cannot be sure. In an article in Saturday’s (3/4/10) Independent it states “Methedrone has been linked with 25 deaths but there is as yet no post mortem evidence of its role in any of them” and with Eric Carlin the latest casualty of the ADMD over the imminant banning of the drug it appears professional advice by the panel is being overlooked in favour of media and poltical pressures to succeed and act, rather like the Mad Cow mania which took over the country a decade ago.
The first member of the board to resign, Professor David Nutt, had been calling for a re-examination on how to classify harmful substances and is again asking for proper, intellectual decisions to be made in opposition to peer-pressure; “I think there’s been terrible pressure to come to a resolution about methedrone – innapropriate pressure”. As a drug which will now become an underground, unpurified danger to society, drug dealers now have an extra weapon to induce onto its public and thus, make further profit off, is this what the government really want without founded evidence of its harm? It seems like on many occasion this is another issue they cannot wait to brush under the carpet and move on from…