Straight talk on legal and illegal drugs

08/19/08 Robert Lorei
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Good Afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today, some straight talk about legal and illegal drugs. We’ll hear from a professor of pharmacology at Duke University who says people need access to un-biased information about drugs.

But first, two listener comments: one about Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now program and the other about the interview last week with Jack Cole, a retired law enforcement officer who thinks drugs should be legalized.

According to the New York Times, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has found that approximately seven million Americans are abusing prescription drugs, which is an increase of 80 percent in six years (more than the total people abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, ecstasy and inhalants). In addition, with new street and prescription drugs such as oxycontin and ecstasy continuing to create a major national concern, it becomes critical to understand how these drugs work and the consequences of their use.

The book Buzzed: The Straight Facts about the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy has just been revised. It’s designed to provide unbiased, research based information about how drugs affect the brain to a wide audience — including parents, children, educators, legislators, casual/social drug users and patients in treatment — to open a dialogue between scientists and legislators, and to further bridge the gap between scientific information and public information on drugs and drug research.

A few days ago I spoke with one of the book's co-authors Wilkie Wilson, a professor of pharmacology at Duke University Medical Center.

For more information, visit DukeBrainWorks.com.

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