Smoking Weeds

Another interesting article in the Bangkok Post.

Many teenagers in Bangkok liked to use marijuana, followed by amphetamines and weeds, according Abac Poll for Assumption University.

The poll’s recent study on drug abusers was conducted in Bangok involving people between 12 and 65 years old from 2,452 households from January 2 to 17, 2009.

43.6 per cent of the communities taking the survey said they rarely or never watched over narcotics in their areas, while 53.6 per cent said their communities had done little or nothing to prevent illicit drugs from spreading in their areas.

Out of 4,274,757 people, 593,314 tried using narcotics, excluding alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug, followed by amphetamines, weeds, methamphetamines, inhalants, love pills, heroine, opium, ketamines, and cocaine.

As for people aged between 12 and 24 years old, 23,981 smoked marijuana in the past 30 days. In addition, 22,226 took amphetamines, 18,168 took methamphetamines, 13,347 smoked weeds and 6,795 used inhalants.

Abac Poll director Noppadon Kannika said narcotics have reemerged after the Thaksin Shinawatra administration declared war on drugs.

He called on the coalition government led by the Democrat party to put this matter on the national agenda again.

Forgetting for a moment that the last time that someone declared a war on drugs 2275 people died in three months, what the hell are the weeds that these kids are smoking?

3 thoughts on “Smoking Weeds

  • March 16, 2009 at 8:58 am
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    it seems to be pretty inaccurate because marijuana and weeds is the same. same goes for methamphetamine and amphetamines (and probably “love pills”). while technically it might not be the same, if the usual drug user buys pills, he has no clue what is inside. the name of the day depends what the user asks for to buy and what is “in fashion” right now. so this survey was designed my someone not knowing how the drug users regular buying routine looks like nor what these drugs actually are.
    would be quite interesting to know how the survey was conducted. the usual “camera in your face” style i have experienced with university surveys would be inappropriate for this delicate topic and probably lead to wrong numbers (probably too low – who wants to admit to take illegal drugs with harsh penalties in front of a complete stranger)

    the special focus on 12-24 year olds does not even give a reference in how much high the total number is. and why did it jump from about 2500 households to suddenly over 4 million people? wonder how it even made it into bangkok post at the first place. it is interesting just in the aspect how useless it is.

  • July 14, 2009 at 6:33 pm
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    wow, I can’t imagine what will be the effects of this as far as crime rate is the issue.

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