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Drugs Don’t Work?

by | 21st, August 2003

”IF you’re not on drugs, you soon will be.”

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The NHS are trying out a few new mottos and that’s the current hot favourite, although “You don’t have to be mad to work here, but Prozac helps” and “At least when you die you can leave” have their admirers among hospital staff.

But the name of the medics’ game is drugs and the Guardian says that soon hospitals will be trying out a new narcotic – marijuana.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) plans to spend £500,000 on a trial to see whether cannabis can relieve the pain of patients who have undergone surgery.

But the British Medical Journal, as the paper reminds readers, has published similar research in 2001. Back then synthetic cannabinoids, derived from cannabis, were tested on patients.

The researchers concluded that cannabis was no more effective than codeine in treating pain.

But leader of the MRC trial, Anita Holdcroft, is keen to point out that her tests will be conducted with the real stuff, not that synthetic old rope of yesteryear.

She then spoke for hours and hours about how the weed she gets is far better than the weed the other doctors can get before taking out a bongo drum and healing the world with her music.’

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