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Drug Resources


Drugs do kill, they kill all the time, we do not advocate drugs use, but we do believe that ignorance is one of the biggest killers, and that simple prohibition doesn't work. The following information is intended to help the reader educate themselves into a better informed opinion and perspective on drugs.


Links
The internet is full of information on drugs and the following list is of a few of the websites we found useful when researching the film;

Ask Dr. Shulgin Online (US)
Cannabis News (US)
Drugabuse.com (US)
Drugscope (UK)
Drug Text (Holland)
Ecstasy.org (UK)
Legalise Cannabis Alliance (UK)
Marijuana Anonymous
NIDA for Teens
National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (US)
Partnership for a Drug Free America
Talk To Frank (UK)
Transform (UK)
UK Cannabis Internet Activists
US Drug Enforcement Administration
US National Institute on Drug Abuse
Vaults of Erowid (US)


Facts
From these sites and others we found some interesting statistics and information that most of the media tends to hide away in the back pages at best. All information and statistics quoted are taken from reports published by the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths, The Observer newspaper, The Independent newspaper and The Guardian newspaper between 2000 and 2003. A quick check around in 2012 showed little significant variation in these figures and trends.

Deaths by drugs in the UK per year (average figures for 2000-2002)
Marijuana/hash kills none of it's users;
5 million regular UK users, zero deaths per year
LSD kills none of it's users;
2 million regular UK users, zero deaths per year
Ecstasy kills 0.0025% of it's users every year;
2 million regular UK users, approx 50 deaths per year
Cocaine kills 0.003% of it's users every year;
2 million regular UK users, approx 60 deaths per year
Heroin kills 0.1% of it's users every year;
430,000 regular UK users, approx 500 deaths per year
Alcohol kills 0.3% of it's users every year;
9 million regular UK users, approx 30,000 deaths per year (and that doesn't include car accidents)
Tobacco kills 0.9% of it's users every year;
12 million regular UK users, approx 110,000 deaths per year

Heroin doesn't generally kill, death is caused by impurities such as glass and sand added to it by dealers and suppliers, leading to suggestions that it be legalised and regulated; medical grade heroin is considered less addictive than cigarettes.

Ecstasy doesn't generally kill, death is caused by heatstroke; dancing for too long in one go without water can easily cause this, however drinking too much water can also kill you (you should drink no more than a pint every hour, this is the most the human body can process).

Ecstasy can relieve the effects of Parkinson's Disease.

Marijuana can relieve the symptoms of neuropathic pain, arthritis, asthma, glaucoma, and nausea, it is an appetite stimulant for those suffering from HIV, the AIDS wasting syndrome, and dementia, current research is showing that it may help protect the body against cancer and treat a huge range of other illnesses, one doctor stated "Marijuana will be the wonder drug of the next century".

Portugal has recently decided that the war on drugs has failed, decriminalised posession and use of most drugs (including cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines as well as marijuana), and diverted the money saved to drug rehabilitation and treatment.

In Holland usage of hard drugs has significantly dropped since marijuana was decriminalised, and figures show that only about 16% of Dutch people have tried marijuana; compared to about 28% of the UK and nearly 33% of the USA.

Just to reiterate; drugs and their side effects do kill and can have a wide range of very negative side effects, even so called "safe" drugs like marijuana; we do not advocate drugs use, but we do believe that ignorance is one of the biggest killers and that simple prohibition doesn't work. The above information is intended to help and inspire the reader to educate themselves into a better informed opinion and perspective on drugs.

Get informed, make up your own mind.


Poster for the mini feature film Dealer



7% of the UK population have dealt illegal drugs; 4 million people.



22% of the UK population have taken illegal drugs; 13 million people.



99% of all banknotes in circulation in London have traces of cocaine on them; £15 million worth of notes are destroyed every year.



£100 per year per person in the entire UK population is spent on illegal drugs every year; £6 billion



"I, as a responsible adult human being, will never concede the power to anyone to regulate my choice of what I put into my body, or where I go with my mind. From the skin inwards is my jurisdiction, is it not? I choose what may or may not cross that border, here I am the customs agent, I am the coastguard, I am the sole legal and spiritual government of this territory, and only the laws I choose to enact within myself are applicable"

Dr. Alexander Shulgin



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