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New recreational drug has its first casualty in UK

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.334.7600.927-a (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:927

What are recreational drugs?

Recreational drugs is a loose term that refers to legal and illegal
drugs that
are used without medical supervision. There are four different categories
of
recreational drugs: analgesics, depressants, stimulants, and
hallucinogens.
Analgesics include heroin, morphine, and the synthetic opioids.
Depressants
include alcohol, barbiturates, and tranquilizers. Stimulants include
cocaine
and methamphetamine. Hallucinogens include LSD, peyote (mescaline),
psilocybin (magic mushrooms), and marijuana.

Recreational drugs is a bad term. It suggests that drugs can be fun
and safe.
Nothing could be further from the truth. All drugs are nightmarish and
dangerous. They alter our perception of reality and diminish our ability
to
reason, both of which endanger us. Drugs create psychological and physical

dependence, both of which enslave us. Recreation is a legitimate need that

requires legitimate activities, such as hobbies, exercise, conversation,
music,
dance, art, and literature.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 May 2007
Hugh Mann
physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA