Purdue professor troubled by misuse of his research into psychedelics

January 8, 2011, 4:37 pm

In a column published online on January 5 by the journal Nature, David Nichols — chair of the Department of Pharmacology at Purdue University — expresses concern that his research into the effects of serotonin-releaseing psychedelic chemicals could cause great harm when these drugs are manufactured and sold on the street or over the internet. One of these chemicals — 4-methylthioamphetamine (MTA) — had been associated with 6 deaths as early as 2002. A recent must-read article in the Wall Street Journal interviewed an underground chemist who cited Professor Nichols as a scientist whose research had been “especially valuable” to him in designing new “legal” highs.  Both the Nature column and the WSJ article are essential reading

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