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DSM Reform Initiative Seeks Change in Diagnostic Manual That Drug Use Is Not a Mental Disorder


April 1993

The DSM Reform Initiative is working to have the American Psychiatric Association (APA) revise its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) so that marijuana and hallucinogen use, including habitual use, are not defined as mental disorders subject to treatment (DSM Reform Initiative, Rx, Vol. 1, No. 3, 3/11/93).

The premise of the initiative is that psychiatric opinion is a primary motivating factor in the war on drugs. Therefore, revising official psychiatric opinion would pave the way to a more tolerant societal attitude towards drugs. For further information write: DSM Reform Initiative, P.O. Box 1562, Albany, New York, 12201. The telephone number is (518) 465-1885.