The world’s biggest independent survey of drug use, collecting detailed data on the drug experiences of tens of thousands of people, launches on Thursday. The Guardian, along with a range of media partners across the globe, is supporting the survey, which asks participants about what drugs they use, why they take them and how often, and what the social, medical and legal consequences of their drug use are. Drugs covered by the survey include cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis, ketamine, mephedrone, alcohol, tobacco, “legal highs” and prescription medicines such as temazepam, Viagra and opioid painkillers. You can access the 2013 drug survey here. Last year’s survey was completed by 15,500 respondents. The results, published in March and reported all over the world, provided a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of people’s drug habits and experiences. The 2013 survey, which is online and takes about 20 minutes to complete, is anonymised and confidential. It is conducted by Global Drug Survey (GDS), an independent, self-funded data mapping agency. New areas of research in this year’s survey include: • Drugs and sex: who uses what drugs for sex, and how do different drugs affect sexual performance? • Drugs and violence: to what extent does drug taking contribute… Read full this story
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