[ExI] Jaw-dropping CWRU Alzheimer's breakthrough?
sjatkins at mac.com
Sat Mar 3 00:03:26 UTC 2012
On 02/27/2012 04:34 AM, Tom Nowell wrote:
> Spike asked how come stoners take colossal risks putting god knows
> what junk into themselves and get a free pass. Well, the simple answer
> is they're not actually taking that big a risk. They have the mighty
> power of mammalian evolution on their side, and the human body is
> amazing at detoxifying all sorts of crap. You can fill yourself with
> rubbish, wash down your pharmaceuticals with a dose of ethanol that
> would butcher some other mammals, get the munchies and eat some junk
> food which is more additives than farm produce and still only have a
> modest hangover in the morning.
> I remember hearing a statistic about how many millions of pills of
> what customers believe is MDMA are taken each week in the UK, but I
> thought the figure I remembered was too high.
> http://mdma.net/club-drugs/uk.html reproduced an Observer article from
> 2003 stating the UN reckoned 730k people took MDMA in the UK, and the
> National Criminal Intelligence Service said from 500k to 2m pills of
> "MDMA" (well, something that produces a similar high mixed with random
> cutting agents, but lets pretend it's actually the drug people thought
> they were paying for) were consumed each week.
End the War on [some] Drugs. Sue producers of defective tabs for
> If that's true, then in 2003 from 25m to 100m badly produced,
> minimally quality controlled tablets were taken in the UK for the
> purposes of getting high, and only 72 people died in "ecstasy related
> deaths", some of which were down to accidents they could have had on
> other intoxicating substances, some due to allergy, some due to people
> overdrinking water because they thought they needed that much while
> taking the drug. http://thedea.org/statistics.html says that in a UK
> study of 81 deaths where MDMA was present, only 6 died of MDMA
> toxicity. So, maybe 100 million tablets for single figures of actual
> deaths from poisoning. It says a lot about the resilience of the human
> body that large-scale consumption of illegal synthetic drugs still
> kills less people than old-fashioned heroin or cocaine. (It also says
> a lot about the UK that so many people escape the tedium of their
> lives through getting completely off their faces, nothing has changed
> since the gin-swilling drunks depicted by Hogarth in the 18th century)
Compare that to the numbers that died from alcohol. Or from tobacco.
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