Drug myths: Fact, fiction and the murk in between
Jun 16, 2023
There is a long and continuous history of drug-related myths, which can be very hard to debunk. Whether it’s rumours of the psychoactive properties of banana peels or peanut skins, these types of rumours continuously circulate with new versions appearing regularly, often with a contemporary twist. Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) have recently re-published an article first published back in 2017 titled “Drug myths: Fact, fiction and the murk in between” by Snu Voogelbreinder. In the article, Snu does a deep dive into the origins of some of the more common drug myths and shows how these myths emerge and then continue to go on to be repeated. In some cases, health workers can be taken in by some of these myths and have inadvertently given them credence by repeating the rumours. This article is a reminder that we need to be very careful before we repeat rumours and anecdotes – when these turn out to be false, we damage our credibility and in some cases promote harmful misinformation.