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Adolescent and Young Adult Psychedelic Drug Abuse: An Overview.

William F. Kiely, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):1142-1143. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1142_3
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The potential for serious mental disorganization, both acute and enduringly persistent, from indiscriminate abuse of psychedelic drugs, particularly lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and related compounds, is real and in our opinion the commonest precipitant of acute psychotic illness among teen-agers and young adults presenting in emergency rooms of general hospitals in San Francisco and Los Angeles at the present time. A review of the experience with 62 adolescents and young adults hospitalized with acute psychotic reactions as a result of the use of psychedelic drugs of this type reveals that many such youngsters were potentially suicidal or examples of borderline




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