Professor Hits Out at Drug Industry for Misusing His Work

by Kathy Jones on  January 6, 2011 at 8:43 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
An American chemist has hit out at the drugs industry after he found out that one of the blueprints that he had published long back is being used to produce legal high drugs which have already claimed six lives.
 Professor Hits Out at Drug Industry for Misusing His Work
Professor Hits Out at Drug Industry for Misusing His Work

Professor David Nichols worked on a drug which produced effects similar to the banned drug ecstasy. Professor Nichols and colleagues were looking to produce a drug, known as 4-methylthioamphetamine, in order to treat depression and had also published three papers detailing the effects of the drug on rats.

However Professor Nichols later found out that his experiments and research papers were used to produce legal pills known as flatliners which are known to have caused at least six deaths by 2002.

"It's not like you took a gun and shot somebody because then you would know you'd been responsible. But people were taking something that you had published and I was alerting them that this might be an active molecule", he said adding that he is haunted by the deaths caused by the drugs.

Source: Medindia

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What is happening is inevitable during conditions of drug prohibition. Prohibition creates conditions where people go to extraordinary lengths and risks to circumvent the bans. Attempting to prohibit all mind-altering drugs because they can be dangerous is like trying to prohibit fire because it can be dangerous. Both are dangerous but also both are potentially beneficial when used responsibly. The responsibility for use of fire is something we are all trusted with, as are many other risks. The very fact that he was researching these substances for medical benefit suggests that there is some potential benefit in them.
FreddyF Thursday, January 6, 2011

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