Doctors and their responsibility in the legalisation debate in Norway

Doctors need to participate in the debate on legalisation and regulation of illegal substances, because this topic is within their area of responsibility. The debate is not only about the introduction of legal, regulated outlets or prescribing of such substances by doctors. Some factors are directly related to the role of doctors in society, as well as to their relationship to patients who are using illegal substances.

Medical practitioners are responsible for providing unbiased information on the positive and negative effects of illegal substances. This is needed to improve the information on illegal substances in our society. The prevailing climate of prohibition policies has caused what I consider pseudo-medical, unbalanced information on the harmful effects of these substances to be supplied to the public by the police, by prohibitionist activists with no medical background, by the medical community and the politicians. This happens not only through media coverage of issues...

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