Readers may wish to participate in the Global Drug Survey, if you haven’t before. The goal this year is to have over 120,000 participants, in order to have really good information about drug use worldwide.
What makes this survey of particular interest is that this is an independent organization that doesn’t have prohibition as its mission.
To quote them:
Global Drug Survey seeks to become the largest most credible source of current drug use data trends in the world.
Accepting that the hidden masses of those who use substances are not the focus of government research or public health interventions, we seek to inform the wider drug using populations about their use of substances in a way that is meaningful, relevant and useful.
We strongly support harm reduction and accept that pleasure drives the majority of drug use, which for most people most of the time is not a source of distress or harm in their lives.
We acknowledge that drugs can be harmful but that the risk of harm can be significantly mitigated by the adoption of common sense risk reduction strategies.
We seek to limit the harm drugs may cause individuals and their communities by being honest, open and transparent about drug use and sharing our findings with the public without government or funder interference.
That’s something I can get behind.
I’ve taken the survey, and it seems incredibly comprehensive.
You can see findings from previous surveys here.