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10 questions about drugs

1. Which is the most common rape drug?

2. Which drug is associated with the most violence?

3. Which drug kills most people?

4. What kind of drugs are responsible for the most overdose deaths?

5. Name two drugs that have never killed anyone.

6. Name two drugs that have no or very little addictive properties.

7. Name two drugs that break addiction.

8. Name two drugs that are used to cure depression, trauma and abuse.

9. Which drugs are legal?

10. Which drugs are the most illegal?

 

You’ll find the correct answers below the picture.

Photo: Drug questions by Ano Lobb on Flickr.
Photo: Drug questions by Ano Lobb on Flickr

 

There are obviously legal, country and time specific variations to these answers, but this is the general picture.

1. Which is the most common rape drug?
Alcohol is the most common rape drug. Many think that they need to be wary of people who want to spike their drinks with other drugs, but in the overwhelming majority of cases it is the alcoholic drink itself that is the rape drug. Victims and offenders are often drunk and even when there are other drugs in the mix, alcohol is almost always the main drug.

2. Which drug is associated with the most violence?
Alcohol is involved in most cases of violence. 70 to 90 percent of all violence (wars excluded) is directly linked to alcohol. This is as true for domestic violence as it is for violent encounters between strangers. There are a few other drugs (mainly ego enhancing and consciousness decreasing drugs) that are also associated with violence, but even in cases when other drugs are present alcohol is usually the main drug.

This diagram gives you a hint at how many deaths are attributed to different drugs in the UK 2011. It is however misleading since the tobacco part of the diagram only shows England, while the other circles include all of the UK. In other words, the tobacco circle should be far much bigger than it is in this picture.
This diagram shows you how many deaths were attributed to different drugs in the UK 2011. The very large circle represent deaths due to tobacco and the next biggest one is alcohol. In third place we find opiates and opiate substitutes, which are mostly found in legal medications. In fourth place are legal anti-depressants and in fifth are legal benzodiazepines. In other words, all the big killer drugs except for heroin are legal.

3. Which drug kills most people?
Tobacco is by far the most lethal drug. Tobacco kills more people than all other legal and illegal drugs combined. Alcohol is the second most deadly drug and in third place we find prescription medications. Science is having a hard time putting these in relation to each other, but estimates are that tobacco takes somewhere between two and fifteen times as many lives as alcohol.

4. What kind of drugs are responsible for the most overdose deaths?
Pharmaceutical drugs/prescription medicines are the most commonly overdosed with a deadly outcome. One reason is of course the availability but another very important reason is that medications often are highly toxic.

5. Name two drugs that have never killed anyone.
LSD, cannabis and magic mushrooms are a few non-lethal drugs, but there are certainly more. The doses needed to die from them are simply so ridiculously high that it is physically impossible to consume such quantities of cannabis or mushrooms. In the case of LSD it is probably possible to take that much, but you would need to take thousands of doses and as far as I know that still hasn’t happened. It is of course possible to die in an accident or such while on these drugs, but even so these are not drugs that typically make users accident prone. Science rather suggests that people using these drugs are usually more careful and considerate.

6. Name two drugs that have no or very little addictive properties.

Photo: Hícuri by Mierdamian Rondana on Flickr
Photo: Hícuri by Mierdamian Rondana on Flickr

Psychedelics generally have strong anti-addictive properties and are therefore fantastic for breaking addiction. Some such drugs are LSD, magic mushrooms (psilocybin), San Pedro/Peyote (mescaline), Ayahuasca, DMT, Iboga (ibogaine) and Salvia Divinorum. Another thing that several of the psychedelics have in common is that the user’s tolerance towards them increases rapidly, so even if a user would want to use it several days in a row it would quickly become meaningless to do so because the effects would vanish.

7. Name two drugs that break addiction.
LSD, magic mushrooms and Iboga are all well known in the treatment of addicts, but psychedelics of all kinds can be helpful. Before being made illegal LSD was among other things used to cure alcoholism. AA co-founder Bill Wilson was an advocate of using it specifically to treat cynical alcoholics by giving them a spiritual experience. Ironically LSD had a higher success rate of curing alcoholics than AA or any other program has ever had.

8. Name two drugs that are used to cure depression, trauma and abuse.
Again, psychedelics are fantastic tools for curing depression, trauma and abuse, especially LSD, magic mushrooms, Ayahuasca and San Pedro/Peyote. They make the user more aware of his/her situation and give insights and experiences that help the user deal with past trauma. Within a spiritual context the plants are especially helpful since they actually speak to the user in a way that an isolated substance cannot do.

Western chemical based medicine often uses medications such as anti-depressants but these medicines most often only put a lid on things and sedate the person. These medicines are also highly addictive and toxic, which makes them very dangerous in comparison.

9. Which drugs are legal?
Alcohol and tobacco are legal, although you need to be of a certain age to buy them. Prescription medications are legal as long as you have a prescription.

10. Which drugs are the most illegal?

Contrary to what many think today's drug laws are not based on science but on politics. For example, did you know that the push to make cannabis illegal was mostly based on racism?
Contrary to what many think today’s drug laws are not based on science but on politics. For example, did you know that the push to make cannabis illegal was greatly based on racism?

Class A drugs are defined as drugs that are especially harmful, have a high abuse potential and that have no medical value. Among these you will find heroin, crack, cocaine, cannabis, LSD, magic mushrooms and mescaline. Which class a drug is placed in is however a political decision, not a scientific one. From a strictly scientific point of view this classification is utterly absurd. Heroin and crack would definitely fall within the definition of a class A drug, but so would the legal drugs alcohol and tobacco since they obviously are extremely addictive, harmful and lack all medical value. The psychedelics and cannabis on the other hand are proven to have huge medical value and do very little harm, so they would be stricken if the list was based on science. It appears however that drug policies are among the least scientifically based policies today.

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Respect yourself more than the system

We had that never ending discussion about the hypocrisy of cannabis being illegal while alcohol is legal.
– I understand that alcohol is a drug too, but things don’t get better if we legalize more drugs, she said.
It was an answer well rehearsed. One could hear that she had said it a hundred times before and since then I have heard many others repeat it. The statement seems logical in a way that shuts down the discussion, since it seems fair to think that more drugs should equal more problems.

But the logic doesn’t hold up.

If people switch from more dangerous to less dangerous drugs there might be big health benefits for the population. Alcohol is related to many deaths, diseases and accidents. Alcohol is the number one rape drug and there is an unmistakable link to violence.

I’m not saying that all problems would disappear if people switched from alcohol to cannabis. There are health issues with cannabis too. People will continue having accidents. People will continue getting addicted. But the negative effects of cannabis are significantly lower than with alcohol.

So let’s say that cannabis was legalized. Every person that switched from alcohol to cannabis would be an improvement to the general health. There would be less drug related death, less disease, less accidents, less rape and less violence. I’m not saying that it would all disappear. I’m just saying that it would be much less. Much, much less.
– Well, you know, I answered. Legalizing more drugs might actually make things much better. Since alcohol is such an extremely dangerous drug, both for the user but also for people around the person using, pretty much anything apart from heroin would be an improvement. If we legalize everything that is less dangerous than alcohol we will see a great improvement as people switch to less dangerous alternatives.

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At the moment there is a discussion in Sweden about the “internet drug” Spice. The police and the anti-drug lobby are all upset because young people are buying really dangerous but legal alternatives to cannabis on the internet. And what is their solution?

Well of course… More laws. Harsher punishment. More police. Harass young people. More propaganda. More scare tactics. Have you heard it before? Has it worked?

If cannabis was legal, nobody would have thought of making or using Spice. By criminalizing substances that are massively tested and quite safe, such as cannabis, the drug laws are steering people towards far more dangerous but legal alternatives, such as Spice or alcohol.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein

These people that want harsher laws and more police might sound quite logical, but don’t be fooled. They are insane. The system that we have used so far is obviously not working. It is counterproductive, dangerous, hypocritical and discriminatory. It is killing people. More of the same faulty thinking won’t correct the problem. We cannot continue letting insane people dictate our actions.

If the law is wrong – break it. It is better that you work with safe illegal substances, than you risking your life with harmful but legal alternatives. Respect yourself more than you respect the system.

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