Drugs: The Silver Snuffbox

If one man can be singled out as the father of the current epidemic of psychotic illness resulting from misuse of hallucinatory drugs, that man is Dr. Timothy Leary, 45. In 1961, then a clinical psychologist at Harvard, Leary began a program of experimentation with "consciousness-expanding" chemicals. Harvard got rid of him two years later, after 400 subjects had received 3,500 doses of psilocybin. But that was just the beginning of a wave of irresponsible experimentation and just plain playing around with the more potent LSD that is fast becoming a...

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