In 2002, 8.5 percent of the 288.2 million persons in the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population purchased at least one antidepressant prescribed medicine
Imagine two people (Person A and Person B) discussing the construction of an airship. They are trying to decide if they need to buy more cloth.
A says, "We don't need to buy any more cloth, we have enough to lift the airship."
B replies "But we don't know how much the entire thing will weigh. Without knowing that, we can't know if we need more cloth or not"
But A is ready for this. He says "Look, you don't know the whole thing weighs either, so you're not making a valid argument, and I'm right!"
Common Sense for Drug Policy has released the 6th edition of Drug War Facts in PDF. Here’s an excerpt from the fact book:
Social Indicator USA Netherlands Lifetime prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 36.9%1 17.0%2 Past month prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 5.4%1 3.0% 2 Lifetime prevalence of heroin use (ages 12+) 1.4%1 0.4% 2 Incarceration Rate per 100,000 population 7013 1004 Per capita spending on criminal justice system (in Euros) €3795 €223 5 Homicide rate per 100,000 population 5.566 1.516 Source 1: US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Volume I. Summary of National Findings (Washington, DC: HHS, August 2002), p. 109, Table H.1.
Source 2: Trimbos Institute, “Report to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point, The Netherlands Drug Situation 2002″ (Lisboa, Portugal: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Nov. 2002), p. 28, Table 2.1.
Source 3: Walmsley, Roy, “World Prison Population List (fifth edition) (London, England: Research, Development and Statistics Directorate of the Home Office), Dec. 2003, p. 3, Table 2.
Source 4: Walmsley, Roy, “World Prison Population List (fifth edition) (London, England: Research, Development and Statistics Directorate of the Home Office), Dec. 2003, p. 5, Table 4.
Source 5: van Dijk, Frans & Jaap de Waard, “Legal infrastructure of the Netherlands in international perspective: Crime control” (Netherlands: Ministry of Justice, June 2000), p. 9, Table S.13.
Source 6: Barclay, Gordon, Cynthia Tavares, Sally Kenny, Arsalaan Siddique & Emma Wilby, “International comparisons of criminal justice statistics 2001,” Issue 12/03 (London, England: Home Office Research, Development & Statistics Directorate, October 2003), p. 10, Table 1.1.
This week Liu et al report the world’s largest analytical study of tobacco deaths, showing that in China smoking is already causing about 750 000 deaths a year and predicting that this will rise to three million a year by the time the young smokers of today reach middle and old age (p 1411).
Beginning in the early 1990s, drug abuse spread quickly. The number of registered drug addicts increased from 70,000 in 1990 to one million by the end of 2002.
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