Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Number Crunch: Drugs

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Number Crunch: Drugs

Article excerpt

There's been a very visible sea change in the relationship between Americans and drugs. With vaporizers popping up in the holiday gift guides of glossy men's mags, joints concluding Upper East Side dinner parties, and our president owning up to snorting blow, "Just Say No" seems almost as absurd as Reefer Madness.

One study found that gays, lesbians, and bisexuals are up to ... (1)

7X more likely to take drugs

2X more likely to binge-drink

5: The number of Nobel Prize-winning economists calling for an end on the War on Drugs (2)

BANNED IN 1985 (3)

Used in couple's therapy to get patients to open up (4)

New studies have shown that MDMA therapy could be used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (5)

According to Global Drug Survey, the largest drug survey ever conducted, poppers are the least-used drug worldwide (6)

Under 4% of the nearly 80,000 participants said they'd used them in the past year

4,7% of responders admitted to taking "MYSTERY WHITE POWDERS" in the past 12 months (7)

$11 BILLION

Annual increased healthcare costs attributed to illegal drugs (8)

At one point, the cartel of cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar spent

$2,500 a month on rubber bands to hold together their bricks of cash (9)

51% of the federal prison population were incarcerated for drugs in 2010 (10)

That's 2X the number incarcerated for drugs in 1980

A study published in British medical journal The Lancet in 2007

RANKED ECSTASY AS #18 in a list of harmful drugs (11)

Only Poppers(alkyl Nitrates) and Khat ranked lower

Well below:

(#5) Alcohol

(#9) Tobacco

(#11) Cannabis

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