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Did 20% of US soldiers in Vietnam use heroin, 95% of whom quit afterwards?

Yes, the claims are approximately true. From a 1976 study: Two stages of Vietnam drug use are identified-a period of increasing marijuana use followed by the 1970 influx of highly potent heroin to ...
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Do blacks in the US get arrested more often for drug usage despite using drugs at the same rate as whites?

A similar claim is often made, but limited to the use of marijuana. For that, the Washington Post has a good overview. The results for overall drug use are similar to those results. Drug use by race/...
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Did over 1000 people in the US die of cannabis overdose in 2021?

That's not what this data says. What's happening is that in cases of overdose deaths, both causative and contributing drugs get listed in this report. We have a hint in the description of the data, ...
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Is Adrenochrome an addictive drug only obtained by drinking blood?

You can just buy adrenochrome, e.g. here from Sigma-Aldrich. It's somewhat expensive for a relatively simple chemical, but not as expensive as it would have to be if the only way to acquire it would ...
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Do methamphetamines give more pleasure than other human experiences?

It's somewhat simplistic view that dopamine is directly proportional with pleasure. This was a mainstream hypothesis in the 1980s, but has fallen out of favor: The idea that dopamine was a mechanism ...
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Are 20% of automobile drivers under the influence of marijuana?

In short: No I first tried to find the article's own source, however the Florida Department of Families and Children did not have any such information that I could find. There are other Departments of ...
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Has LSD 'been widely used in hospitals for the treatment of mental disorders'?

Yes, LSD has a history of psychiatric use In terms of the number of doses administered in an official clinical setting, it might not fit the definition of widely, but it has been tried out for wide ...
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Did 20% of US soldiers in Vietnam use heroin, 95% of whom quit afterwards?

The first part of the statement is probably true. The second part is highly misleading. What the actual paper of the time shows is that 5% of former addicts became re-addicted (basically meaning ...
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Has anybody overdosed on marijuana and died?

From the DEA drug factsheet for marijuana: No death from overdose of marijuana has been reported.
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Did Dubai sentence someone to four years in jail for possession of three poppy seeds from a bread roll?

As far as I can tell all the articles refer back to Fair Trials, a real charity with a focus on access to fair trials around the world. Their original article as far as I can tell is not on their ...
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How lethal is Fentanyl in humans?

As an ER physician who routinely uses fentanyl to treat acute pain in patients, I can confirm that 250 mcg (0.25 mg) would be a potentially lethal dose in some circumstances. When I use fentanyl to ...
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Is it possible to get high smoking banana peel?

Bananas contain no known psychedelic substances, so any "high" that is experienced is purely psychological. The book Rooted in America: Foodlore of Popular Fruits and Vegetables gives a short ...
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In states where medical marijuana laws are passed, did prescription painkiller sales decrease?

Yes, this was studied in Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Prescription Medication Use In Medicare Part D Health Affairs July 2016 vol. 35 pages 1230-1236 : In states with medical marijuana laws, pain ...
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Does smoking one joint give as much exposure to cancer-producing chemicals as smoking four to five cigarettes?

The USC webpage states MARIJUANA USE CONSEQUENCES The well-confirmed danger of smoking marijuana is lung damage and lung cancer. As examples: 1 joint = 5 cigarettes in terms of ...
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Was the quantity of Fentanyl imported in 2018 enough to kill every American?

According to Fentanyl seizures at US-Mexico border up 750 percent: The amount of fentanyl seized by border agents has skyrocketed in recent years, from two pounds in fiscal year 2013 to ...
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Did over 1000 people in the US die of cannabis overdose in 2021?

If you "Download Table" from https://injuryfacts.nsc.org/home-and-community/safety-topics/drugoverdoses/data-details/ there's a bit more detail on where these data came from: Deaths are ...
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Do most drug users not become addicted?

Although he does not state it clearly, Hayes is working under a definition of addiction that is tied to societal outcomes, in contrast to mere physical dependence. Here's the contrast from NIH's "...
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Did the CIA sell drugs in the US?

Probably Not There is no evidence to suggest that the CIA actually sold drugs in the US. There is plenty of evidence that they worked with groups that trafficked drugs like the Contras and Vietnamese ...
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Did the Nixon administration use anti-drug law against anti-war movement?

Apparently it is true. Interview with John Erlichman: https://harpers.org/archive/2016/04/legalize-it-all/ I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently ...
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Can fermented human waste ("jenkem") be used as a hallucinogenic drug?

I'm calling it a hoax. Besides Wikipedia calling it a "presumed" drug and Snopes debunking it as you already found out, Erowid, which is a reputable and complete aggregator of psychoactive-related ...
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Do the recent changes in US drug policy correlate with an increase in people moving from prescribed opioids to heroin?

There's a lot of literature on this apparently, and I've only looked at one (55-page) 2018 NBER paper. There is some (correlational) evidence that the "pill mill" crackdown contributed to the switch ...
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Does most illegal fentanyl sold in the US come through Mexico?

I suspect that might be based on estimates using as proxy the US seizures of fentanyl at borders (points of entry more precisely). If we use that method, the claim is only nominally correct, i.e. in ...
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Did Harry Anslinger say these things?

I see no evidence that he actually said these things. I believe one of the principal sources for these quotations is this ad by Common Sense for Drug Policy, which ran in 2006. It claims to be a ...
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Has anybody overdosed on marijuana and died?

There have been no deaths definitively caused by an overdose on cannabis. There is a "possible relationship" between cannabis and myocarditis, and myocarditis can be fatal, especially in children. ...
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How lethal is Fentanyl in humans?

A DEA publication states: Although the total quantity of fentanyls seized may appear small relative to other illicit drugs, fentanyl is more lethal to potential users than other illicit drugs ...
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Did DUI fatalities increase or decrease due to legalization of marijuana?

We don't know. The study cited for all the articles about the statistics for the state of Washington was one produced by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Prevalence of Marijuana Involvement in ...
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Do dealers give free drugs to teenagers?

See Drug dealers give free samples to customers Baltimore Sun 9 March 1997: If you think the videotaped evidence of the Sugar Hill gang's drug transactions was "astounding" (Feb. 25, "...
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How lethal is Fentanyl in humans?

Per unit fentanyl is far more lethal than other typical opiates Fentanyl is in the same class of medical compounds as heroin (medically known as diamorphine) and is also used in medially supervised ...
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Can psychedelic drugs cure depression?

Firstly, depression can be treated- sometimes into remission, but is not curable. Psychedelics were explored as treatments for a many mental disorders including PTSD and depression by many reputable ...
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