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Drugs can help curb domestic violence, claim researchers

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TORONTO — A new study has found that the drugs that help in changing the thought process of the brain known as psychedelic drugs may help in reducing domestic violence committed by men with substance abuse problems.

The study took place on the benefits of psychedelic drugs in the 1950 to the 1970s, primarily to treat mental illness; it was stopped due to the reclassification of the drugs to a controlled substance in the mid-1970s, according the researchers.

Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in psychedelic medicine.

“While not a clinical trial, this study, in stark contrast to prevailing attitudes that views these drugs as harmful, speaks to the public health potential of psychedelic medicine,” said one of the researchers Zach Walsh, associate professor at University of British Columbia in Canada in the findings that appeared in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

The researchers found that 42 per cent of US adult male inmates who did not take psychedelic drugs were arrested within six years for domestic battery after their release, compared to a rate of 27 per cent for those who had taken drugs such as LSD, psilocybin (commonly known as magic mushrooms) and MDMA (ecstasy).

The observational study followed 302 inmates for an average of six years after they were released. All those observed had histories of substance use disorders.

“Intimate partner violence is a major public health problem and existing treatments to reduce reoffending are insufficient,” Walsh said.

“With proper dosage, set, and setting we might see even more profound effects. This definitely warrants further research,” he noted.

Earlier, Peter Hendricks from the University of Alabama, had said: “Although we’re attempting to better understand how or why these substances may be beneficial, one explanation is that they can transform people’s lives by providing profoundly meaningful spiritual experiences that highlight what matters most.”

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1 killed, 2 injured in Dhading truck mishap

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DHADING — One person was killed while two other seriously injured when a truck fell from Hugdi Khola Bridge in Rorang-10, Benighat along the Prithvi Highway on Wednesday.

The truck (Na 5 Kha 1568) en-route to Chitwan from Kathmandu fell off the bridge to Hugdi Khola (river) on Wednesday afternoon.

The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Sher Bahadur Magar,23, of Madhya Bindu Municipality-10, according to police. Magar died on the course of treatment at a Malekhu-based hospital, informed Area Police Office, Gajuri.

Those injured in the incident are Manoj Ale 25, of Arunkhola, Nawalparasi and Megh Bahadur Gharti of Sitakganga Municipality in Arghakhanchi district have been sent to Kathmandu for further medical treatment.

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