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ChristianKleineidam comments on High Time For Drug Policy Reform. Part 3/4: Policy Suggestions, Tractability and Neglectedess - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: ChristianKleineidam 23 August 2017 06:50:43AM *  0 points [-]

The reason no (serious) politician will endorse DPR is because the public are against it.

How do you know? Why should your audience believe that you understand the motivations of the relevant politicians?

In the UK a plurality even supports decriminalization of cannabis.

Certainly, I think the argument we should make it easier to for doctors to do research into drugs just to see if they can help miserable people, but we that shouldn’t change the law and make it any easier for the public to gain access to drugs, seems pretty hard to object to. That’s seems the least controversial, but not the most impactful, line to take.

It seems to me that you ignore the politics of the situation. Mental health policy is largely driven by Big Pharma and their agenda. You want to change the policies for mental health drugs in a way that leads to the perscription of unpatented drugs in cases where Big Pharma currently makes money with their patented drugs.

Comment author: MichaelPlant 29 August 2017 09:47:19AM 0 points [-]

How do you know? Why should your audience believe that you understand the motivations of the relevant politicians?

What evidence do you want me to present? Surely you're not asking me to look inside peeople's minds.

It seems to me that you ignore the politics of the situation. Mental health policy is largely driven by Big Pharma and their agenda. You want to change the policies for mental health drugs in a way that leads to the perscription of unpatented drugs in cases where Big Pharma currently makes money with their patented drugs

Because your first comment was so unhelpful, I feel inclined to turn it around on you: how do you know mental health policy is driven by big pharma? You seem to be speaking with a US-centric approach. Even if it's true medical policies are, to some extent, driven by commercial interests this is nevertheless (1) still not totally true in the US and (2) much less true outside it (e.g. the UK). Also, mental health is only one part of DPR.