Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dr Scott's Surgery

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dr Scott's Surgery

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Byline: By Dr Mike Scott

When I was a student in the early 70s, we had a relaxed attitude to taking what were thought of as "soft" drugs. Some of the best music and poetry around seemed to have been fuelled by grass and acid. Some of the first acid casualties were emerging, and it was starting to look scary, but smoking a joint certainly seemed a harmless exercise.

Compared to alcohol, which seemed to lead to a lot of fighting and vomiting, pot only seemed to cause silly giggles, fatuous talk and an overwhelming desire to eat chocolate at three in the morning.

Things change, lots of children now use cannabis, the law is now less punitive and newer more potent forms of cannabis are freely available. "Skunk" for example contains far more of the active ingredients that mess with your brain. It also costs more, which makes it more glamorous to some, but regular younger users usually have to do some shoplifting on the side. It can be really hard to stop using; this creates the trap of being dependant on crime on to fund something you can't do without. …

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