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Due to the sheer volume of questions and a lack of time and funding we are unable to continue to provide this service on our website.

Thanks to everyone who has asked us. Apologies if you have not received an answer.

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We have answers to over 110 commonly asked questions about drugs in our archive.

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Common questions posed by our visitors:

» Aren't you just encouraging people to take drugs?

» The government sites I've visited say one thing. Yours say another. Who do I believe?

» What are your sources on all this information?

» How often do you update this site?

» Who runs this site?

» What is the history of The Good Drugs Guide?

» So have you taken all these drugs?

» Do you welcome ideas and feedback?

» I know a lot about this subject. Can I help in some way?

» Do you believe all drug should be legalised?

Aren't you just encouraging people to take drugs?

We do not wish to encourage anyone to experiment with drugs. The decision to experiment with drugs does not begin or end with reading a website. However, we believe people are only able to make informed decisions about drugs and protect themselves from harm if they're armed with comprehensive information from a source they believe is being honest, and not ONLY one-sided. This is only possible if they are equipped with balanced, well-researched information, something which this site is trying its best to provide.

The government sites I've visited say one thing. Yours says another. Who do I believe?

That's up to you.

Government and general health sites have a tendency to emphasize the dangers of drug use. We can see where they're coming from. They believe that presenting anything but the negative effects of drugs is tantamount to encouraging their use.

Our goal, on the other hand, is to present balanced information on a substance by substance basis, neither biased for or against. We are constantly updating and rewriting our guides to attain that goal. If the hazards of a particular drug are not emphasized on our site, it may be because the danger is not great for that particular drug. It is certainly not because we wish to de-emphasize them.

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What are your sources on all this information?

Wherever possible, we use primary source material such as scientific studies and government reports. In many cases, we draw our information from reliable secondary sources like reference books and selected news media. Most source material is referenced on the page when used. We generally don't use the Internet as a source, as most of the information is third hand and very unreliable. However, www.erowid.org is an exception, and should be bookmarked by anyone with an interest in this area.


How often do you update this site?

The site is now updated on a daily basis either through the blog, the community, the topics and articles section, or through treatment facilities adding listings.

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Who runs this site?

The site is staffed entirely by volunteers from around the world.

What is the history of The Good Drugs Guide?

The Good Drugs Guide was once a drugs section of the webzine www.seethru.co.uk, the companion site of the BBC drama series Attachments. It didn't really sit well editorially with seethru, so became this website you are visiting today.

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So have you taken all these drugs?

Some members of our team have experimented with the drugs detailed on the site, yes. How else could they write about them with any authority? But we are not trippers, potheads, beatniks, 'liberals', dharma bums, shamans, candy ravers, or acid casualties. We are normal people with day jobs who believe that the information on this site is important and should be available.

Do you welcome feedback and ideas?

We are more than happy to hear from anyone with a positive or negative reaction towards TGDG. Also, please forward us any reliable information and drug-related news you think we should be aware of. Time constraints mean we cannot guarantee a reply but we will do our best. Please read our strict email guidelines before contacting us. You're more likely to get a reply if you do. Thanks.

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I know a lot about this subject. Is there some way I can help?

Thanks for the offer and yes. Please contact us the link below and let us know what you can contribute. Also, we are constantly honing and revising our text to ensure accuracy. If you see any mistakes or find any information we should know about, please contact us.

Do you believe that all drugs should be legalized?

The anti lobby say ban everything. The pro lobby say legalize everything. These are the kind of polarized stances that start wars. We believe an imaginative substance-by-substance approach would be the good basis for a rethink of the current drugs laws. As for drug addiction, we believe that treatment and recovery programs should be made much more widely available so that anyone suffering from drug abuse has the best opportunity to get help.

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