Drugs and Relative Risk

I came across a great blog post today on the relative risk of various drugs. There data presented is quite interesting,

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The author of the post, Thomas Kleppestø, writes,

Humans indulge in activities that alter both the content and the experience of their own consciousness. Drugs are a means for achieving a number of particular, often recreational, changes in conscious experience. However, drugs are also a large contributor to, and facilitator of, human suffering and health problems. The best health advice anyone can give to most people most of the time regarding recreational drug use is this: “Do not use drugs”. Many people however, including me, do not find this advice particularly attractive, or even sensible. Assuming that a person wants to enjoy the mind-altering effects of psychoactive substances, two questions follows: which drugs are dangerous to use? And, more importantly – how can one know which drugs are more dangerous than others? The answer to both questions, of course, can be found through the illuminating lens of the scientific method….

Please see the full post here, The relative dangers of drugs: What the science says by Thomas Kleppestø

Further Reading:
Woo hoo! ‘Shrooms and acid party at my house tonight! by PZ Myers

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