Over the course of several decades, our country has managed to perform a complete one-eighty in regards to the nature of its drug market. For 20 years, people have been suffering from addiction to painkillers and other narcotics (a crisis that continues to this day). On the other end of medical circles, a certain little green plant has been accepted by more than half of our country and has managed to create a steaming, intoxicating firestorm of approval and disapproval. However, marijuana is not the only drug that is currently making headlines in the United States. Recently, lawmakers in Denver, Colorado have officially made an effort to decriminalize a drug that is equally notorious: psilocybin (the main proponent in magic mushrooms). Let’s take a closer look at this bizarre series of circumstances and find out some more information.
According to a news report released at the beginning of February 2019, voters in Denver, Colorado will have the opportunity to decriminalize psilocybin, a hallucinogenic drug that is derived from several species of fungi (also known as “magic mushrooms”). According to sources, Denver election officials confirmed that representatives collected a list of signatures so large that the proposal could easily be put forward by May 7, 2019.
First of Its Kind
If this proposal is approved during the election, Denver will officially become the first city in the United States of America to decriminalize psilocybin. However, the federal government will still recognize this chemical as an illegal substance. At this time, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies psilocybin in the same scheduling category as LSD, marijuana, and heroin (meaning it has a high chance for abuse and addiction).
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
As we have seen many times on the news or in drug reports, keep in mind that some medications are extremely helpful for patients, while others can trigger severe bouts of abuse or addiction. In the end, drugs like opioid painkillers, legal cannabis, and (in a bizarre twist) mind-altering hallucinogens may provide a bit of an escape from pain or traumatic memories, but you have to keep in mind that (like all powerful meds) these substances can harm your brain. If you have developed an attachment to one or more of these substances, though, you can always get the help you need.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug addiction or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.