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The Responsible Drug User's Oath




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#1 EllisDTripp

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Posted July 08 2004 - 02:24 PM

Just found this over at the Wikipedia, and thought it would provoke some interesting discussion here. I think that these 12 principles form a good solid foundation for responsible use, even if the wording of a couple of them could use clarification or revision.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responsible_Drug_User's_Oath


'I swear or affirm that':

1. 'I will understand the effects of all recreational drugs I take prior to ingestion, to the best of my ability. I shall research all relevant neurochemical, psychological, physiological, and spiritual effects, the legal issues surrounding the drug and its use, along with other relevant information.'

2. 'When taking a drug I am inexperienced with, I shall begin with a reasonably low dose suggested to be psychoactive by the aforementioned research before progressing to higher dosages. I will measure the drug carefully, with an accurate scale, when possible and applicable.'

3. 'If it is possible that the drug may contain harmful adulterants or in fact be a different drug altogether, I shall have the drug chemically analyzed for purity and content. If this is not possible, I will use caution and/or follow the appropriate course of action.'

4. 'I will learn the overdose limits for my own body weight and adjust them for any possible synergistic effects due to diet, prescription or other drugs. I will also adjust for dangerous side effects and my own health condition. I will also learn of any possible drug interactions and make sure I am not at risk.'

5. 'While under the effects of a drug, I shall not take physical risks such as driving, climbing, swimming, or any other physical activity in which my actions may cause harm to myself or others.'

6. 'When first using a drug I am inexperienced with, I shall take it in the company of an experienced user, also known as a sitter. The sitter will remain sober during this experience, and will also have fully researched the drug. If this is not possible I will make sure there is a responsible way/backup plan to deal with any haphazards which may occur during my experience.'

7. 'I shall not attempt to sway, force, trick, or otherwise coerce another person or animal to take any drug; rather, I shall discuss previous drug experiences and research frankly and honestly, allowing all people to make their own personal decisions about drug use.'

8. 'I shall defend the rights of others to make educated, responsible decisions about drug use. I shall not support any person or movement that attempts to remove or abridge said rights.'

9. 'I shall not allow my drug use to overshadow or disrupt the other important aspects of my life, including social interaction, employment or even other personal pursuits.'

10. 'I will also take responsibility for the drug use of friends and relatives, if their drug use becomes dangerous to their health or personal relationships.

11. I will take drugs only in my free time, when I am not answerable to an employer or responsible for another person's health and well-being.'

12. 'As a drug consumer, I will embrace responsible drug production and distribution methods, such as growing or pharming your own, and shun suppliers who use violence when not necessary for their self-defense. '

'I swear this with the hope of creating a society in which safe, responsible drug use is a personal decision, not a criminal offense.'


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#2 Purple Haze

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Posted July 08 2004 - 02:30 PM

I think I need to post that on my wall....

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Posted July 08 2004 - 04:34 PM

Your a good person ellis, for making such good posts.
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Posted July 08 2004 - 09:54 PM

I would defenitely post that up on my wall too, except my parents would freak. This is a good list! Thanks.

#5 DarkLunacy

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Posted July 08 2004 - 11:39 PM

Ima start printing those out and having people sign if they buy or use from/with me

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Posted July 08 2004 - 11:41 PM

Those are good guidelines. It made me happy that I already pretty much follow them... :D Yaaay!
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#7 Autentique

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Posted July 09 2004 - 08:43 AM

There shouldn't be any other way of using drugs...
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Posted July 09 2004 - 08:47 AM

Can I have a gold star? I've been good.

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Posted July 11 2004 - 06:57 PM

Damn, I scored a two :(. Hehe Just kidding. Thanks Ellis Posted Image.
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Posted July 14 2004 - 02:47 PM

Those are pretty close to my rules... good deal!
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