Talk:Urban legends about drugs

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Heroin overdose myth[edit]

FROM an Expert by personal use only. Reference cited as personal history of injecting Heroin in many States and Countries.

THIS IS COMPLETELY WRONG, There is almost NO PURE HEROIN on The Streets, and A Bag or Dose, Of as Little as 1 to 2 % Higher Purity or Less can Result in An OVERDOSE, Depending On The AMount Injected, Tolerance at the Time and Residual Amounts Of Heroin in The Body. There is No Way To Predict Whom or when A Person Could Overdose. Janis Joplin was very experienced as Was John Belushi, and I have Seen, Highly pure Heroin Hit the Streets and The OD's Spike Considerably. So Unless You are an Experience Heroin Injector or Lab Scientist, You Should Not State it is Hard TO OD>This seems like a big one that's missing – the myth that pure heroin is easy to overdose on. In reality, an addict needs huge amounts over their usual dose of pure heroin in order to overdose. This same fact holds with all opiates – it's much easier to kill yourself with a bottle of ibuprofen than with a bottle of painkillers. Some links (one from Consumer Reports, one from the medical journal Addiction, and one from Stanton Peele): [1] [2] [3] Ssmith619 (talk) 17:29, 15 August 2008 (UTC)

Huh? Ibuprofen is a painkiller. You statement is equivalent to "It is much easier to overdose on a bottle of whiskey than a bottle of liquor.

I don't believe it is hard to overdose on heroin as plenty of people do who were not rich or had the supplies of a dealer. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.87.1.204 (talk) 05:00, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

But a majority of these non-rich/dealing people who overdosed on heroin had combined it with benzodiazapines or alcohol. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 198.84.162.153 (talk) 23:21, 26 February 2013 (UTC)

I agree with this sentiment. Mention of Naloxone might do well here too. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vivamoque (talkcontribs) 10:55, 4 January 2014 (UTC)

Origin of cigarette flipping[edit]

IV drug users often use part of the filter of a cigarette to filter their mix. This cigarette was then placed back into the packet upside down to hide the fact that the filter had been torn. Also the reason it may have been named a lucky cigarette is that the user had got lucky and scored. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 49.176.3.18 (talk) 23:32, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

LSD Water[edit]

Is All-lies.com a good citation for LSD Water?

A disclaimer at the bottom of every page on that site says the following: "All information on this site is, to the best of our knowledge, false. If any significant true information has slipped through, we apologize. Contents © 2005–2012 so don't go spreading our lies without permission."

63.147.59.2 (talk) 18:48, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

Name and scope of the article[edit]

"Illegal drugs" as a term is too ethnocentric and chronosentric to use in encyclopedia since illegality is defined by place and time in history and it's inconsistent even contemporarily since many countries have already decriminalised use and small amounts of posession of illegal drugs and Urugay will soon make cannabis a governement controlled industry. The term "illegal drugs" is getting inconsistent fast so it should be replaced with something more universal like "psychoactive drugs". Also why limit the scope of the article to so called illegal drugs when it would we educational to deal also with misconseptions about alcohol[4] and tobacco. --Custoo (talk) 17:24, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Designer drugs also pose a problem with the title since they may not be yet illegal or might be illegal in one country but not in another one. My personal opinion is that as new substabces they are even more susceptible to misconseption because study in to their effects in humans has hardly begun while media gets a field day on any negative event involing them without waiting for toxicology reports.

On the issue of the title of this article I would also like to refer to recent decission to remove category Illegal drugs on similar arguments.--Custoo (talk) 21:15, 25 November 2013 (UTC)