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Take LSD, stay out of prison? Huge study links psychedelic use to reduced recidivism

Posted Jan 13 2014 6:49am
Choose you evidence carefully by rocket ship

Choose you evidence carefully by rocket ship

Hmmm. Some pretty breathless reporting of a recent study looking at offenders who are dependent upon hallucinogens.

A study of more than 25,000 people under community corrections supervision suggests the use of psychedelic drugs like LSD can keep people out of prison.

The research is the first in 40 years to examine whether drugs like LSD and “magic” mushrooms can help reform criminals.

“Our results provide a notable exception to the robust positive link between substance use and criminal behavior,” the researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine wrote in their study, which was published in the January issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

“They add to both the older and emerging body of data indicating beneficial effects of hallucinogen interventions, and run counter to the legal classification as well as popular perception of hallucinogens as categorically harmful substances with no therapeutic potential.”

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“Offenders may be especially likely to benefit from hallucinogen treatment because involvement in the criminal justice system often results from drug-seeking behavior and impulsive conduct exacerbated by compulsive substance use,” the researchers explained in the study.

How did they reach the conclusion that offenders might benefit from hallucinogen “treatment”?

From 2002 to 2007, the researchers collected data on 25,622 individuals under community corrections supervision in Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC), a program for individuals with a history of drug abuse.

Only about 1 percent of those in the program were diagnosed with a hallucinogen use disorder. Cannabis use disorders, cocaine use disorders, and alcohol use disorders were the most common diagnoses in the group.

The researchers found those diagnosed with a hallucinogen use disorder were less likely to fail the TASC program compared to those without a hallucinogen use disorder. That means those with a hallucinogen use disorder were less likely to violate TASC rules or other legal requirements, less likely to fail to appear in court, and less likely to be incarcerated.

So . . . 256 people under community corrections supervision (In Michigan, this means they they would have to be convicted of a felony. I don’t know if this is true in all states.) meet criteria for hallucinogen dependence and they are less likely to violate supervision rule or re-offend. And this means that offenders might benefit from hallucinogen “treatment”? 

How on earth does one get from point A to point B? I don’t know. I mean, these are people who have offended in some way (I have no idea what portion of these were convicted of drug crimes.) and the fact that people who are hallucinogen dependent violate at lower rates than cocaine, opiate, marijuana or alcohol addicts means that we should explore hallucinogenic “treatments”?

What am I missing?

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