An expert in drug addiction has written an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association of his own addiction to cannabis which destroyed his career.
A daily decade long cannabis habit moving onto injecting opioids was exposed and led to his employment being terminated, being evicted from his house, a criminal conviction, deportation and restricted international travel.
The Baltimore biomedical scientist specializing in drug addiction had intellectualized his own drug use and convinced himself that he could not be addicted.
(Source: New York Times, 20 May 2010)
This highlights that cannabis is addictive and its use has implications even for those that have deceived themselves.
This belief of – it wont happen to me- indicates that illicit drug use does lead to other consequences.
Whilst this confession of an expert in drug addiction looks at personal life consequences, the main reason that cannabis use is illegal is its clear impacts on the user’s health.
As well, high cannabis use is having a major impact on the mental health system because of the link between cannabis and psychosis.
Governments need to take cannabis use seriously because it is the most commonly used illicit drug in Australia.
Cannabis users need to be diverted into drug rehabilitation at the first apprehension before they get addicted and their health and life spirals out of control.