The family of Jennifer Spencer, a young woman who committed suicide after consuming the same psychedelic drug Prince Harry praised last weekend, is the latest group of people to join the campaign to condemn his remarks. The Duke of Sussex has faced backlash in recent days after discussing his drug use in a 90-minute live stream with trauma expert Dr. Gabor Mate.
Some experts even claimed that his “positive” drug talk was sending a very alarming and worrying message to the youth.
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Who was Jennifer Spencer?
Jennifer Spencer was a woman who died by suicide in 2019. Spencer went to Peru for a yoga retreat and took ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic drug that is illegal and classified as a Class A substance in the UK.
As a result, she developed severe psychosis, which led to her suicide. The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry praised his experience with ayahuasca in March 2023.
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Following the death of his mother, Harry said that using cannabis, a Class B drug, “really helped” him to cope with his mental health issues.
He also talked about his ‘positive’ experience of the psychedelic drug ayahuasca, saying it ‘brought me a feeling of relaxation, release, comfort, a lightness that I managed to hold on to for a period of time’.
But after Jennifer Spencer passed away, her family referred to his remarks as “irresponsible”.
Prince Harry shouldn’t be praising psychedelic substances, according to her aunt Fiona Chase, 73, because they can have dangerously different effects on different people.
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She told The Sun, “He should not be speaking positively about this drug. It’s irresponsible because a lot of people look up to him. It worked for him, but it certainly didn’t work for Jenny. Like every drug, different people react differently. There is a lack of knowledge about shamanic hallucinogenic drugs and their propensity to cause or exacerbate psychosis, the coroner stated in a statement following Spencer’s passing. The coroner also issued an urgent warning about the drug to the NHS.”