Article about United States Narcotic Farm rehab center

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16 Responses to “Article about United States Narcotic Farm rehab center”

  1. guy_jin says:

    2nd from left top, is a horse syringe, or at least it was – the needle itself is too short. My dad had one just like it.

  2. hassan-i-sabbah says:

    Billy jr better than the ol man? Come on man,Kentucky Ham is good but it ain’t no Cities of the Red Night,which is IMHO truly masterful.

  3. hassan-i-sabbah says:

    Opinions so humble we have to tell the world..

  4. krisinniles says:

    My father was a physician stationed at this hospital in the early ’50s. Our family lived on the grounds. As part of their rehabilitation, some patients worked in the doctors’ homes as cooks, housekeepers, and part-time babysitters. Although I was very young, I remember that my parents had to lock up their alcohol and some of their spices so that the patients would not steal them to get high.

  5. Anonymous says:

    a fountain pen?

  6. mikelotus says:

    krisinniles, spices to get high? what spices would those be?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Spice must flow!

  8. Jerril says:

    Mikelotus – with some people, anything that looked vaguely herbal would probably be at risk, just out of desperation.

    More grounded in reality, IIRC toxic amounts of cloves will cause you to hallucinate (along with become paralyzed and probably other fun long term consequences). Clove oil is a local anasthetic, although I think it can cause burns, and for gods sake don’t huff the stuff ever, it can kill you.

    I’ve heard almost-tragedy stories from morgue technicians who were looking for peppermint oil to put a few drops in a mask (for drowning out unpleasant odors) and not finding it, substituting clove oil under the assumption that a spice is a spice…

    And of course oregano is a long term favorite for being mistaken for weed.

  9. robaustin says:

    In addition to William Burroughs spending time at Lexington (voluntarily), his son William S. Burroughs Jr. spent time there after being convicted of some drug offense … rehab instead of jail time … and wrote at length about the experience in his novel Kentucky Ham. Incidentally, for anyone who’s never read him, IMHO he’s a much better writer than his father. WB Sr. was okay, but as someone else once noted (I think it was TC Boyle), “experimental fiction isn’t much fun to read.”

  10. Big Ed Dunkel says:

    Mmm .. . CIA-funded experiments into LSD.

  11. Ugly Canuck says:

    That’s a pretty diverse bunch o’ syringes, no doubt about that.
    Standardization has crept in here too, it would seem.

  12. devophill says:

    Mikelotus – What Jerril said, also nutmeg. Burroughs wrote about its hallucinogenic properties.

  13. Ugly Canuck says:

    Guy jin:Perhaps it is a multi-purpose tool, eh wot?

  14. Ugly Canuck says:

    Perhaps some state-funded research on how minds can be addicted to religion would also be useful to public health.

  15. OM says:

    …Some of those scream “MAKE!” :-)

  16. SimplyAaron says:

    Narcotic farm? You mean Newpath right?

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