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Atrium Health Improves Care for Opioid Use Disorder | HIMSS
“Atrium Health has thoughtfully applied a variety of information and technology solutions to reduce the number of high-risk opioid prescriptions across their enterprise,” said Jonathan French, CPHIMS, SHIMSS, senior director of quality and value-based care at HIMSS. “Perhaps more importantly, these solutions become the foundation for identifying at-risk patients and driving them to care interventions to get on the road to recovery. For their thoughtful application of information and technology to improve the health of patients across North Carolina, HIMSS is proud to recognize Atrium Health with the Davies Award of Excellence."
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4 days ago by cera
Marsh Chapel Experiment
962 experiment conducted on Good Friday at Boston University's Marsh Chapel

Prior to the Good Friday service, twenty graduate degree divinity student volunteers from the Boston area were randomly divided into two groups. In a double-blind experiment, half of the students received psilocybin, while a control group received a large dose of niacin. Niacin produces clear physiological changes and thus was used as an active placebo. In at least some cases, those who received the niacin initially believed they had received the psychoactive drug.[3]:5 However, the feeling of face flushing (turning red, feeling hot and tingly) produced by niacin subsided about an hour after receiving the dose. However, the effects of the psilocybin intensified over the first few hours.

Almost all of the members of the experimental group reported experiencing profound religious experiences, providing empirical support for the notion that psychedelic drugs can facilitate religious experiences. One of the participants in the experiment was religious scholar Huston Smith, who would become an author of several textbooks on comparative religion. He later described his experience as "the most powerful cosmic homecoming I have ever experienced".[4]

In a 25-year follow-up to the experiment, all of the subjects given psilocybin except for one described their experience as having elements of "a genuine mystical nature and characterized it as one of the high points of their spiritual life".[3]:13[5]

Pahnke's study cast "a considerable doubt on the assertion that mystical experiences catalyzed by drugs are in any way inferior to non-drug mystical experiences in both their immediate content and long-term effects".[3]:24 A similar sentiment was expressed by clinical psychologist William A. Richards, who in 2007 stated "[psychedelic] mushroom use may constitute one technology for evoking revelatory experiences that are similar, if not identical, to those that occur through so-called spontaneous alterations of brain chemistry."[6]

In 2002 (published in 2006), a more rigorously controlled version of this experiment was conducted at Johns Hopkins University by Roland R. Griffiths, yielding similar results.[7] In a 14-month follow-up to this study, over half of the participants rated the experience among the top five most meaningful spiritual experiences in their lives, and considered the experience to have increased their personal well-being and life satisfaction.[8]
psychedelics  drugs  psilocybin  shrooms  against  debunk  religion 
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