And round and round it goes. The debate on the legalisation of drugs is an extremely well documented one. One side calls for eradication, the other calls for an end to blatant ignorance.
This feature will look at international drug policies as well as closely looking at organisations and activists alike who are paving the way for research to be carried out across the drug and rave communities, provoking further determination and curiosity in order to create a safer environment for users.
07 / 08
“Understanding is a kind of ecstasy” – Carl Sagan
For those that have used ecstasy, it is largely viewed as a happier alternative to alcohol. It’s a more social drug and therefore a more enjoyable experience. MDMA was actually used during the 70’s and 80’s in psychotherapy before it became classified as dangerous. Our last labour government supported some ideas related to the regulation of MDMA, but as Conservative came into power most of these organisations lost their funding.
Pure MDMA is in fact one of the least dangerous drugs on the planet. Fatalities occur when people don’t know what they are taking. I don’t care how experienced you think you are on drug culture, you can never 100% know what you’re taking until it’s been tested.
MDMA, of course, cannot be obtained legally. People have to educate themselves and use their own experiences to determine whether a pill is safe or not. Friends help each other out; even complete strangers are willing to do anything to aid you. It’s quite a beautiful thing actually; when you’re used to being immersed in such a selfish society it’s nice to see people coming together to help out.
Should more be being done about the way ecstasy is being smuggled into these events? Or should it simply be accepted that drugs are going to be used? Then maybe safety measures can be put in place to reduce harm. Yes, there is free water given out at some venues, and chill out spaces at others, but there doesn’t seem to be anything completely direct. The political climate in England seems to look to eradicate harm instead of reducing it. Professor David Nutt believes the media are to blame for a lack of information about drugs in general. He says “It’s too politically sensitive. It’s easier to just pretend that fear of death scares people off using, even though it doesn’t. The impact this has had on users is that they face more harm.” So, is it inevitable that change will come? Or will the current stance always remain?