With an bizarrely titled review of Julie Myerson’s book “The Lost Child: A Motherâ€™s Story,” Dominique Browning descends into the depths of the real Reefer Madness herself.
Browning tells us that the book shows how the author
…was finally forced to throw her eldest son out of the house â€” and change the locks â€” when his cannabis habit so deranged him that he became physically violent. He was 17 years old.
Browning also decides to tell us herself, as supposed reviewer of a book, how dangerous this stuff is
Even as stronger varieties are being bred and marketed, medical research is linking cannabis use to behavioral and cognitive changes reminiscent of psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and anxiety disorder. And yet we find ourselves arguing about whether pot is addictive or a gateway drug or should be legalized. We are collectively losing our minds. â€œThe Lost Childâ€ is a cry for help and a plea for a clear acknowledgment of the toll this drug is taking on our children.
Reefer Madness, indeed. This is nonsense from a book reviewer who knows nothing about the subject, and who, apparently, also knows nothing about the book.
Fortunately, Maia Szalavitz is on hand to do another outstanding job, this time with a scathing review of the reviewer.
â€œThe Lost Childâ€ purports to tell the story of a mother struggling with her sonâ€™s harrowing marijuana addiction; but â€” and readers of the review arenâ€™t made aware of this â€“ the son has claimed that his motherâ€™s story is false. His revelations have stirred furious debate in Britain and considerable criticism for the author, a noted novelist and journalist, who has been accused of being addicted to using her own family for copy.
As t he antagonist in the story, Myerson’s son, Jake, told the Daily Mail:
â€œI was just a very confused, unhappy teenager who was too young to know who he was and the cannabis all became tied in with normal teenage rebellion… My mother talks about losing her little boy, but what mother doesn’t lose her baby at some point? It’s called puberty.â€
Surely a review of the book should have at least noted his protestâ€”and perhaps, the fact that he has now changed his name as a result of the book, and that his mother came in for widespread oppobrium in the British media, both from critics and people posting comments on the news articles? And surely this controversy should have raised some element of caution in seeing Jake’s story as a policy prescription for teenage drug addiction?