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  •  Of course, there is even a better one (5+ / 0-)

    for some people but the foolish drug warriors refuse to allow thir more highly refined one into hospitals in the US. Synthetic opiates are still allowed.

    •  that would be heroin. (6+ / 0-)

      Diacetyl-morphine if I recall correctly.  

      Agreed, heroin ought to be Schedule II, but the idiot drug warriors want to keep it on Schedule I which is medical & scientific Siberian exile.  

      Same case for psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin, etc.), and entactogens (MDMA, 2CBR, etc.).  

      Schedule I ought to be reserved for temporary use in public health emergencies such as when an abuse epidemic breaks out that is traceable to drug diversion from legitimate uses.  

      Now strictly speaking I don't know if heroin has clinical outcomes that are more useful than those of morphine.  It may work better for certain kinds of chronic pain that are intractable to synthetics.  

      There should be clinical trials, which are nearly impossible under Schedule I.  Though FDA has been a lot more reasonable lately in issuing research permits for psychedelics (psilocybin: there has been some excellent work done recently with this one, I've read the papers. BTW, I have reason to believe that psilocybin in low doses (below the psychedelic threshold) may be useful in treating rage disorders).

      So if they're starting to be reasonable with psilocybin, and the researchers are careful (so far they are), then there's a chance we could see some progress on heroin as well.  

      The thing to keep in mind is that all of these substances are potentially highly useful tools for science & medicine if they are used responsibly.  The FDA should be concerned with facilitating safe scientific and medical applications, and preventing those from getting out of hand or onto the street.  Then if something does get out of hand, it should be the DEA's job to deal with that.  But these two missions are separate, and criminals in the illicit drug trade should not have the effective power to hold scientists and physicians hostage.  

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