January 2, 2008
Lots in the news yesterday about ecstasy, following Richard Brunstrom’s latest publicity drive.
The Daily Mail weighs in with its usual care and moderation. Rounding up the usual photogenic tragedies with comments from the grieving mothers, they put them under the headline: “Safer than aspirin, Mr Brunstrom? Tell that to the 50 families a year who lose a child to this insidious drug”.
The hypocrisy stinks – talk about taking advantage. So do the statistics.
50 deaths a year is accurate if you take the bare figures. But the bare figures conceal far more than they reveal.
Any fair examination of drug use facts shows that ecstasy is not what we should be worried about – not at all.
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October 24, 2007
More important news on drugs to be found at this site.
Continuing their fine tradition of pointless research, NASA’s scientists have given a bunch of spiders a load of different drugs, then taken photos of their webs.
Below, stoned spider. The site helpfully records that “spiders on marijuana made a reasonable stab at spinning webs but appeared to lose concentration about half-way through”.
Just don’t look if you’ve been drinking coffee…