Global drug survey
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1.) More Brits admitted to trying cannabis (91%) than tobacco (85%) or energy drinks (79%). This was true in the US, too, where 89% had tried cannabis versus 76% who said they’d tried tobacco.
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2.) 15% of people said they’d taken a mystery white powder without knowing, or asking, what it was.
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3.) ...a third of them had received it from a stranger – and under-25s were twice as likely to have done so than their older counterparts
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4.) Clubbers were slightly more likely to have tried most drugs than those who don’t go out – but this was most marked for tobacco, with clubbers 63% more likely to have had a cigarette in the last year.
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5.) While only 18% of British clubbers said they needed drugs for a good night out, more than half (53%) said drugs could make a bad night out good. In the US, one in nine clubbers said they needed drugs to go out, and 43% thought drugs could make a bad night good.
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6.) ...but despite its reputation as a party drug, more than a third (36%) of non-clubbers said they’d used MDMA in the last 12 months.
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7.) People are trying drugs in different ways: one in thirty respondents said they’d taken drugs (especially MDMA) rectally. Yuck.
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8.) Lots of people say they use drugs heavily: a quarter of MDMA users take a full gram each session. Another 20% said they usually take more.
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9.) More than half (52%) of cocaine users think the street quality of the drug has fallen in the last year.
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10.) Cannabis users like natural drugs: 93% prefer natural cannabis to new synthetic residents – and they think it’s safer, too.
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11.) People don’t think police can tell if they drive on drugs: only 30% think police could tell if they were driving under the influence of cocaine, if pulled over, and 32% for cannabis – despite a £2.3m marketing drive warning of the dangers of drug-driving
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12.) Police on both sides of the Atlantic miss drugs during stop-and-search: 65% of Brits and 70% of Americans who’ve been stopped and searched for drugs by police, while carrying some, say police didn’t find them.
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13.) ...but what happens if you’re found carrying them varies hugely. Only 10% of Brits found with cannabis were arrested and sent to court – compared with 46% of Americans. (The situation’s similar for cocaine)
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[The rules haven’t made much difference, though: only 2% fewer US citizens have tried cannabis versus their UK counterparts]
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14.) 21% of UK users of sleeping pills say they bought them through their drug dealer – only 6% fewer than got them from their family doctor.
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15.) US doctors are far more likely to ask about illegal drug use than their UK counterparts, at 52% vs just 20%.
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16.) But UK patients are more honest: only 23% of UK drug users denied their use to their doctor, versus 40% of US citizens – and in both countries, women were most likely to fib.
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17.) Around half of respondents – in the UK and US alike – are concerned about the drug use of one or more of their friends. More than two-thirds of these people had spoken to their friend about it.
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18.) The drug they’re most frequently concerned about, by a huge margin, is alcohol, in both countries.
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19.) The two common drugs people most want to cut down on are tobacco (63%) and alcohol (36%). Much less than cocaine (17%) or MDMA (8%).
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20.) ...and maybe they’re right: two-thirds of UK respondents got scores indicating harmful levels of alcohol use – as did around a third of Americans taking the test
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UK PREVALANCE
CLUBBERS
MEPHADRONE V COCAINE V MDMA
SYNTHETIC CANNABIS
UK PRESCRIPTION
POLICE
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US PREVALANCE
US PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
US POLICE