Back in the 90s, the DARE program made a big point about how hallucinogenic drugs cause people to jump out the window because they think they can fly, or similar things. Various other sources (such as frequent drug users) claim that the reality is that when people are hallucinating such things they aren't prone to try to make this happen in reality; this article on LSD fact and fiction claims outright that there have been no cases of LSD-induced aeronautics.

My various websearches on this matter do find a handful of articles about people allegedly attempting to jump out the window due to drug use, but it isn't clear that this isn't a case of confirmation bias, and a handful of articles are of course not proof of a systemic problem.

Are there any actual statistics that indicate the rate of self-inflicted defenestration as a result of drug use? In particular, how many out-of-a-window falls are due to confirmed drug use and hallucinations vs., say, it turning out that a roommate or spouse decided to throw them out with LSD as a cover story? And of course, any statistics on how many people attempt to jump out of the window compared to how many times they use hallucinogens are probably hard to come by (or even measure).

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    It would be extremely rare, so I doubt there are actual statistics. The only actual case I can remember is probabably a staged one (Frank Olsen): theguardian.com/world/2012/nov/29/… By the way, do you have evidence the DARE program claimed this? The Wikipedia page you link to doesn't mention flying or jumping (out the window or otherwise). Jan 21, 2018 at 14:37
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    N.B.: what LangLangC is talking about is related to the Olson file: bbc.com/news/world-10996838 Jan 21, 2018 at 17:19
  • @Fizz I don't have any proof of this, just my recollections of the DARE program in my high school in the early 90s.
    – fluffy
    Jan 21, 2018 at 21:58
  • +1 for 'LCD-induced aeronautics'
    – Communisty
    Jan 22, 2018 at 8:28
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    Another question with hallucination-induced jumping out of windows is whether they did it because they thought they could fly, or whether something inside scared them so much that they though they would be safer outside.
    – Mr Lister
    Jan 22, 2018 at 9:28


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