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Ronald Siegel, drug expert who believed people naturally like to get high, dies at 76

LOS ANGELES - Ronald K. Siegel, a leading authority on psychoactive substances who believed the war on drugs was futile because the pursuit of intoxication - drugs, alcohol, psychotropic plants - is permanently and deeply embedded in the psyche of every human being, has died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 76.

Siegel, a research professor with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at

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