Lunch Symposium - Debate: Should Psychedelics be Available in Canada Without a Prescription?
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Presenting Author(s): Dr. Brendan Leier
, , Dr. Robert TanguayDate and time:
24 Mar 2023 from 11:20 to 12:50Location: Wildrose Salon A/B
- Have a greater understanding of arguments favouring supervised, prescription-only access to psychedelics in clinical treatment settings;
- Have a greater understanding of arguments favouring the opening up of psychedelics for non-prescription access in our community; and
- Have an opportunity to test their own preconceptions and views around this issue, in conversation with their peers.
Recently there has been a surge in interest in the use of psychedelics in the treatment of mental illness, and in their use by the community at large. What are the pros and cons of using psychedelics? What are the pros and cons of requiring a prescription for their legal use? How closely should psychedelics' use be controlled? That is, why would we move forwards with clinical control and caution, requiring prescriptions and regulated professionals to be involved? Alternatively, what would be the arguments for simply removing restrictions and allowing the population to explore psychedelics?
We are honoured to have two distinguished speakers joining us, from different experiences and predominant concerns in this debate. Brendan Leier has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Alberta and works as Adjunct Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. Dr Rob Tanguay is a psychiatrist graduating from the University of Calgary, who has gone on to support the emerging use of psychedelics in treating mental health while expressing caution about widespread use at this point. Both speakers have had multiple roles relevant to this debate, deepening their awareness of the complexities of this issue. We are bringing them together to help us explore key considerations through the format of a debate. This debate will be moderated by your current APA President, Dr Kathy Fitch, and will include opportunities for attendees to ask questions of our debaters.
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