So… I’m undertaking this research… so what? What is the endpoint? Why am I doing this? That is one of the first questions my research directors asked me… I’ll attempt an answer:
- drugs permeate almost every aspect of our lives, exploring how and why we use them can give us important insights into the contemporary human experience;
- the biomedical perspective arguably still dominates how we think about drug use, meaning that medical use is seen as appropriate, and whatever falls outside of that is “misuse”, and morally questionable. I propose that “non-medical” drug use is not to be stigmatised, but rather understood. Indeed, it seems that a majority of users are not “abusing”, but rather making well thought out decisions about the pharmaceuticals they use.
- psychostimulant use is not without risks; a more profound understanding of the reasonings underlying their use may contribute to the development of public health interventions, when there is a need to do so, that recognise and respect human values.
What this website proposes is a discussion and a reflection on the use of prescription psychostimulants (amphetamines, methylphenidate, etc.), and pharmaceuticals in general, outside of the medical realm.
A few questions come to mind:
to which aspirations, wants, needs does this answer? do these practices help create a connection – or rather a disconnect – with how we perceive ourselves in the world, our identity? What is the nature of the sometimes emotional relationship it is possible to build with the pharmaceuticals we use?
So… there’s a start…