Tonight’s video is It Felt Good To Have This Pain, a short award-winning horror film from Matt Latham. You can see this short film this week in Los Angeles or Austin at the Hollyshorts Film Festival. You can also Like this film on Facebook. Thanks Maryann Philbrook for the tip.
Could guided use of psychedelic drugs reduce prison recidivism? Mint Press News reports on a new study suggesting these substances can keep people out of jail:
Psychedelic drug use can help people stay out of prison, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Pharmacology by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Examining more than 25,000 people who have a history of drug use and were enrolled in Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities programs from 2002 to 2007, the study found that those who used hallucinogenic drugs were ‘less likely to violate TASC rules or other requirements, less likely to fail to appear in court, and less likely to be incarcerated.’
‘Our results suggest that hallucinogens may promote alcohol and other drug abstinence and prosocial behavior in a population with high rates of recidivism.’ the researchers said. ‘Offenders may be especially likely to benefit from hallucinogen treatment because involvement in the criminal justice system often results from drug-seeking behavior and impulse conduct exacerbated by compulsive substance use.’
Since use of psychedelic substances has often been linked to criminal behavior, some psychedelic-legalization advocates have pointed to the research as further evidence to legalize the drugs. But researchers responded by saying that their findings should ‘not at all be interpreted as advocating for recreational hallucinogen use.’ However, they added that their findings illustrate a need for further research into the benefits of psychedelic drugs.
Thanks to Students For Sensible Drug Policy for this link.
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