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The Toxicity of Recreational Drugs


You say that heroin has an effective dose to lethal dose ratio of five, however I have read in many sources that such a calculation for opioids (which includes opium, morphine, heroin, and perscription painkillers) has never been done conclusively, and that addicts routinely survive 10 times their usual dose without even falling asleep. What is your source for this ratio of 5-10?
posted by Stephen Smith
August 12, 2009 @ 12:08 PM

A casualty due to the toxicity of LSD would certainly be newsworthy, considering that there are no reported deaths from LSD overdose.
Though it is in passing, implying that one can overdose on LSD is an unfair act of perpetuating the lie of LSD's toxicity
posted by John Trombetta
August 12, 2009 @ 1:27 PM

Interesting article, but I believe you should check what you say is a toxic dose of atropine. You probably mean milligrams rather than grams.
posted by Kevin McCullough
August 12, 2009 @ 5:55 PM

Some of the fatalities on record, such as the woman found dead with a half-smoked joint in her possession, or the man found dead after thirty days in Kentucky with traces of marijuana in his system, could just as easily have died from Q-T interval prolongation or other causes unrelated to marijuana toxicity.

The statistics on drug fatalities need some definite cleaning; there's a definite lack of causal connection to many reported "marijuana deaths."

Stipulating a certain number of deaths after ingestion of marijuana as opposed to smoking it, the causal connection between the intake of marijuana and the deaths still has to be established.
posted by Vance Frickey
April 27, 2014 @ 3:25 PM

Though I question some of the stats, I'm generally impressed with the article. And even more impressed with the comments. Intelligent and polite criticism? On MY Internets! HRUMPH!
posted by Stephen Ball
May 14, 2014 @ 12:57 PM


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