From drug overdose to the war on drugs, what's most deadly?
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Drugs are no joke. A friend of mine died just by taking over the counter pain medication mixed with alcohol. That’s not as reckless as it sounds. I know you’re imagining someone downing a handful of pills with a vodka chaser, but that wasn’t it at all. He had just been taking small amounts for a short period of time for whatever normal pain reason, but with that medicine still in his system from hours before he drank a nightcap before bed and this mixed up in his stomach and caused internal bleeding in his sleep. Never woke up. Dead at 37. One of the nicest guys you could have met. It was a pretty large funeral with many friends present. Some crossed the country to attend.
I'm sorry, but you are wrong. Botox is stronger: 50 g of Botox could theoretically kill the entire human population off.
Carfentanyl isn't that dangerous. It is just an extremely potent opiod derivate. That's why it is used to anaesthesize (not kill!) big animals like bears for veterinarian purposes.
Plus, you can very easily give someone an effective antidote like Naloxon or Diprenorphin. Quite complicated - yet not impossible - with Botox though.
Overdose of heroin is a lot of the time due to users gaining a tolerance, going clean for a while, then going back to using at the dosage that they had previously been using.
They had tolerance for that dosage in the past, but they forget that because they quit for a while, this reset their tolerance to zero so the amount that they were previously using is too much and causes an overdose.
Was i.v. heroin and cocaine addict for 8 years aka speedballs. In and out of jails and rehabs. 12 overdoses. Ruined every relationship I've had. Sober for just over 5 months now and working on building my life back.
Fentanyl is almost never used as a recreational drug. There is little 'high' to be had which makes it not sought after. It is however extremely cheap (largely imported from China), which is why it is cut into other drugs as a way to decrease costs for illegal drug supplies. It's addictive to boot, which often means more repeat sales of product that has been illicitly cut with Fentanyl.
Decriminalization is also not a solution to every problem, it's not even a solution in and of itself. It needs to come hand in hand with cultural shifts and several other policy changes to health centred and drug education. I'm honestly sad to see a lot of these pop science channels (though I guess it is unsurprising) to have fundamental misunderstandings about things that touch on politics and take a left-leaning approach rather than appropriately address the issue.
I was about to say before he said it himself... it’s not like alcohol would case me more harm than heroin, quite the opposite in fact. It’s that alcohol is so widely used. If everybody who drank decided to use heroin instead, the world would be a MUCH worse place... so I don’t understand, was this point of this study to find which drug has hard a larger overall negative impact on the world? Or a larger impact on one single individual? Sorry if that was confusing, it’s hard to put to words what I’m thinking
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