E for Ecstasy by Nicholas Saunders
Appendix 1: Reference Section
- 16 Living with Risk (book), published by the British Medical
- This book contains statistics on and evaluations of various risks commonly
taken by people in the UK. It includes a comparative list of the risk to
an individual of dying in any one year from various causes:
- Smoking 10 cigarettes a day: 1 in 200 All natural causes at age 40:
1 in 850 Violence or poisoning: 1 in 3,300 Influenza: 1 in 5,000 Accident
on the road: 1 in 8,000 Playing soccer: 1 in 25,000 Accident at home: 1
in 26,000 Hit by lightning: 1 in 10,000,000
- The chapter on drug use points out that deaths from illicit drug use
in the UK total just over 200 a year compared to the tens of thousands who
die annually from alcohol use and tobacco smoking.
- It is also pointed out that "heatstroke is becoming a problem in
long distance running events . . . In Canada, 1% are admitted to hospital
during and after mass-participation runs [marathons]" and that parachuting
and hang gliding kill about 3 in 1,000 participants per year.
- Almost every psychoactive drug has been regarded by some society as
a dire threat to public order and moral standards, while regarded as a source
of harmless pleasure by others. Almost every society has one drug whose
use is tolerated, while others are regarded with deep suspicion.
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