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The Toxicity of Recreational Drugs (article from American Scientist magazine)

The Toxicity of Recreational Drugs (article from American Scientist magazine)

  1. Expat98
    One way to measure the dangers of various drugs is to examine how toxic the drug is at various levels. Can too much kill you? And how much is too much?

    The most toxic recreational drugs, such as GHB and heroin, have a lethal dose less than 10 times their typical effective dose. The largest cluster of substances has a lethal dose that is 10 to 20 times the effective dose: These include cocaine, MDMA, and alcohol. A less toxic group of substances, requiring 20 to 80 times the effective dose to cause death, include Rohypnol and mescaline. The least physiologically toxic substances, those requiring 100 to 1,000 times the effective dose to cause death, include psilocybin mushrooms and LSD. And then there's marijuana, which has no published cases of deaths from smoked marijuana, so the actual lethal dose is a mystery.

    The article includes a chart showing how various recreational drugs compare with respect to their toxicity. It is interesting to note that most of them are less toxic than alcohol, which ranks at the dangerous end of the toxicity spectrum.

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