Sunday, November 20, 2005

Drug addiction treatment provides side effects of drug use without use of drugs

China has resumed controversial brain surgery intended to cure drug users of their addiction, just a year after it was suspended.

It claims that the "hole in the head" operations are now being performed as part of a controlled experiment.

More than 500 of the operations, in which parts of a patient's brain are destroyed using a heated needle, were performed across China between 2000 and the end of last year - when the health ministry, faced with growing criticism, said their outcome was too uncertain for them to continue.

Side effects included loss of memory, weakened sex drive and extreme mood swings. Critics complained that there had been no proper scientific research into the treatment.
With side effects like that, who needs drugs?


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southcoast said...

Hi. nice blog.I've actually never tried drugs and don't plan on it. I've had an uncle that was addicted to marijuana and he lost part of his one leg in a car accident due to drugs. It's scary and I don't understand why someone would want to waste their life doing drugs.please advice them to take a drug treament program.

basil said...

Your uncle lost a leg by driving on pot? I've never heard of anyone addicted to pot - it is not known to be physically addictive. Mentally, however, there are many who claim that it makes them happier, but I always suggest they try a tried and true drug like Prozac.

NIAC said...
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NIAC said...

That OP makes it sound like that kind of surgery is wild, unsound and dangerous.

Come on - drilling a hole in one's head also gets rid of chicken pox, vapours, evil spirits, talking in one's sleep...

PS - there are more people addicted to tobacco or coffee or doughnuts than cannabis. Comparatively, the first three cause more problems - or unrelated but somehow attachable problems - than the last one.