Friday, 4 November 2005

'P' madness

The Bay of Plenty murders have inspired the usual media speculation and rumours, including the predictable if evidence-free talk about links with 'P.' It's almost as if, as this neat spoof at Blair's points out, the media themselves might be the locus of the very 'P'-driven frenzy they frequently rage about.

[UPDATE: FWIW, here's a somewhat different view on 'P,' from psychiatrist Sally Satel, which rather demonstrates Blair's thesis. Feel free to comment at will.
Now I enjoy a good moral panic as much as the next person, but I think methamphetamine deserves its dreadful reputation. No other addictive drug combines so expertly the seduction of intoxication (feelings of supreme confidence and energy) with duration of intoxication (over 10 hours) with memory and concentration deficits (presumably reversible) and paranoia (usually reversible). Because the drug inflames the sex drive for hours on end the large number of different partners in a given session virtually ensures high rates of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and syphilis.]

1 comment:

  1. 10 hours of straight sex and you won't have to remember anything afterward? Where can I get that pill!


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