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Why decriminalization is the harm reduction tactic we need to treat society’s drug problem

So, how can we carry out the goal of doing more good than harm with drug policy? While full legalization is the goal for substances like psychedelics, decriminalizing the use of drugs—taking the issue of drug abuse out of the hands of law enforcement and into the health care system—is the first step to accomplishing this goal of reducing harm.

Decriminalization would open the door to rescheduling psychedelics with medicinal potential—such as MDMA for treating PTSD, psilocybin for end-of-life anxiety, and ibogaine for addiction—and make it easier to perform critical research on the therapeutic value of these medicines. Paving the way for research would then help us solve problems of addiction and drug abuse sooner rather than later.

Original Article (Psychedelic Times):
Why decriminalization is the harm reduction tactic we need to treat society’s drug problem
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