Tag Archives: Dr. Bertha K. Madras

Is Harm Reduction Policy to Blame for Current Drug Epidemic?

A graduate school curriculum in Drug Abuse and Addiction teaches harm reduction as a strategy to train drug abuse counselors.  Inoculating these therapists with harm reduction only strategy is an insidious way to promote drug use, drug abuse and addiction.

Harm reduction strategy does not seem to be curbing the current drug epidemic.  Three bad government decisions and strategies heighten the drug epidemic right now:  Continue reading Is Harm Reduction Policy to Blame for Current Drug Epidemic?

The War on Drugs is Defense of Our Brains

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A man in Gotland, Sweden, proudly wears his drug-free motto, a quotation from Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Bertha K. Madras.

It’s not a war on drugs . It is a defense of our brains.

Letting massive numbers of children and young people to fall into drug addiction, as we are doing today, is an outrage. Nearly all those who die of drug overdose began their drug usage with marijuana.  How many more millennials will we allow to die by drugs and addiction, while we continue to lack good drug education? Continue reading The War on Drugs is Defense of Our Brains

Problems of Recent Study on Teen Pot Users

The Marijuana Report asked Dr. Bertha K. Madras, a Harvard University neuroscientist, to analyze the small study that says marijuana doesn’t have adverse mental and physical health effects on teens.  The Marijuana Report will publish a link to her full paper in next week’s issue.  Click this link to subscribe.

A recent manuscript by Bechtold et al. 1 describes a longitudinal assessment of four groups of marijuana users (non-users and low use; adolescent-limited; late-increasing; early onset-chronic), from adolescence into young adulthood. Study authors Continue reading Problems of Recent Study on Teen Pot Users