Last updated on: 8/28/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Suresh Kumar, MD Biography

Title:
Psychiatrist Consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[T]he euphoria caused by a particular substance makes the user go back to it once again.

Repeated use would lead to a psychological craving for it and thus cause addiction. Though cannabis derivatives are not known to develop physical dependence as opium derivatives, including heroin, and alcohol do, they are capable of developing a mental craving that could be overwhelming for the users.

In the case of youths in the formative years, any psychedelic drug can interfere with their thinking process, affect cognitive functions, reduce concentration and mar the development of their personality. Youths could become pseudo-philosophical, veer away from their academic and career pursuits and even turn rebellious if they are on drugs, however mild they are.”

“Narcotic Toffees Could Be A Gateway Drug For Addiction,” Times of India, July 26, 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
     Key Experts
Physicians [Physicians are the "key experts" in the medical marijuana debate because the issue is thought by many to be ultimately based on the medical value and risks of marijuana, and Physicians, with their training and clinical work, should (at least in theory) have the best knowledge of marijuana's medical value and risks.] [Note: Key Experts definition varies by sites that have this designation.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Psychiatrist Consultant, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC)
  • Psychiatrist Consultant, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Psychiatrist Consultant, Indian Institute of Mental Health
  • Psychiatrist Consultant, International Harm Reduction Association
  • Review and Advisory Board, Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE)
  • Former Professor of Psychiatry, Madras Medical College and Research Institute, Madras
  • Scientific Advisory Committee and Institutional Ethics Committee, National Institute of Epidemiology, India, 2004
Education:
  • MD, school unknown
  • MPH (Masters in Public Health), school unknown
Other:
  • None found