By Jeffrey Lieberman

March 29, 2017

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As a child of the 1960s, I observed the ebb and flow of the counterculture

and experimentation with recreational drugs, and the indelible effects these

social movements left on American society. As a medical student in the

1970s, I became intimately acquainted with the promise and perils of the

psychoactive agents in those drugs. During my psychiatric training in the

1980s, I cared for PCP-crazed patients, students having bad trips, youths

strung-out on speed and coke-heads and pot heads in the emergency room,

inpatient psychiatric units, state mental hospitals, on the streets and in

homeless shelters.