The results are in for the biggest drug survey the world has ever seen – and it’s filled with all sorts of fun facts about illegal and legal drug use. Conducted in late 2013, the Global Drug Survey took an in-depth look at drug use in 18 countries around the world, from the USA and Mexico to Switzerland and the UK.
With about 80,000 people participating, it looked at everything from which drugs gave users the most pleasure to which countries had the highest prices for drugs. It found users were snorting “mystery white powders”, turning up to work hung-over, enjoying shisha tobacco more than ever, and popping prescription pills for non-medical reasons. With the results released in April 2014, people around the world have been able to get an insight into where their drug use fits into the global picture and many of the results show shocking trends.
It’s worth noting that the team who put together the survey is an independent research organization. The participants they select nominate themselves, which means they are people who want to talk about their drug use and who are more likely to use drugs on a regular basis. According to the survey, the sample group are “typically in their 20s and 30s, well-educated, and about 50% went clubbing at least four times a year”.
10 Buying Drugs Online is Most Popular in the UK
9 The Irish Are Most Likely to Go to Work Hung-over
8 “Legal Highs” Are Most Popular in the USA
7 New Zealand Has Expensive Drugs
6 Safer Drug Use = More Enjoyable Drug Use
5 Prescription Drugs Are Popular in the USA & New Zealand
4 Alcohol is the Drug That Causes the Most Problems
3 Synthetic Cannabis Isn’t Likely to Send You to Hospital
2 MDMA Gives Users the Most Pleasure
1 MDMA is the Best “Value For Money” Drug
MDMA is the second most popular illegal drug according to the Global Drug Survey (falling in at fifth place overall after alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and energy drinks). On top of that, survey respondents voted it as the “best value for money drug” overall. On the contrary, cocaine came out at the bottom of the list. Australians rated cocaine just 2.2 out of 10 for value for money.
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