The Government this week launched an advertisement campaign aimed at teenage dabblers in cannabis. It’s costing £2.2 million, and focuses on the unpleasant side effects of the drug.
I don’t know who makes these things, but if teenagers today are anything like they were in my day (we didn’t have a VHS video recorder until I was fifteen, to put this in some sort of context) then being sick is actually an essential part of a recreational experience and therefore welcomed. This advertisement will act, if anything, as a recruitment drive.
Riding on the back of this, TV doctor Mark Porter writes in the Times Cannabis and the risks: facts you need to know
I wrote a post on cannabis ages ago called Cannabis and Jacqui Smith.
I’m ashamed to admit that I find it difficult to understand how fearful we should be, doctors and public alike, of cannabis: does it really make otherwise healthy people psychotic? If so how many? Is it really getting stronger? Didn’t smoking it used to be fun? Expect a posting on this when time allows.
Financial Times has an article about Psychiatry as New York’s counter-cyclical industry. I’ve been saying this to my friends for a lark for a while (someone making conversation: ‘how’s your job’ me: ‘great, I get paid the same and everythings cheaper’ etc.) but thought that I should stop as I was clearly going to get lynched.
Trainee psychiatrists charged £175 to query exam results (by RCPsych)
The Times has an article about children with an increasing number of psychiatric classifications Children suffering multiple behaviour problems ASD and ADHD apparently children today are getting ‘alphabet diagnoses’ because of their multiple behaviour problems.
The reasons for this appear complex, but to my mind has something to do with our willingness to view everything in the light of ‘disorders’, rather than through a lens that would reveal more straightforward processes….
Your thoughts as ever are very welcome.