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The Drug-AIDS Hypothesis
 Duesberg Peter, Rasnick David
  Europe was hit by a drug explosion at the same time as America. Based on the amounts confiscated by the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), the German consumption of cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, LSD and cannabis increased 1000 to 10,000 fold from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. According to the Deutsche Hauptstelle fuer Suchtgefahren (Center for drug addictions) in 1997, 19.3% or 3 million of the 18 to 59 year old former West German males, and 9.9% or 1.5 million of the females have used illicit drugs at some time. The majority of these had used haschisch (cannabis), but 7.5%, or 1.1 million, males and 4%, or 0.6 million, females had used hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and amphetamines. Among the 80 million current Germans, 4 million are addicted to alcohol and 120,000 to heroin . The German ‘Rauschgiftbilanz’ reported an 11.2% increase in the consumption of illicit recreational drugs in 1994 compared to 1993 . And the number of first time users reached 15,000 in 1995, up 5% from 1994 . Most of these, 83%, were over 21 years old. In 1993, 122,240 Germans were reported for drug offenses and 29,086 were convicted. There were 2125 deaths officially blamed on drug use in Germany in 1991, and 1565 in 1995. This represents a 10-fold increase since the decade that started in 1975 with 195 drug deaths... The rise in German drug deaths paralleled the rise in AIDS cases. Like in America, German males outnumbered females about 3 to 1 in the consumption of hard recreational drugs (cocaine, heroin and amphetamines, use of nitrite inhalants is not recorded in Germany) , and 9 to 1 in AIDS cases. Drug consumption by the combined European Union almost matches, and in the case of heroin, even exceeds the American epidemic based on the amounts confiscated. For example, 5.9 tons of heroin were confiscated in Europe in 1994 compared to 1.5 tons in the US (see above). At the same time, 29 tons of cocaine, 1.9 tons of amphetamines, 733 tons of cannabis and 61,000 doses of LSD and 1.25 million doses of ecstasy were seized in the European Union in 1994. A report of the European recreational drug explosion by Springer Verlag mentions just two health consequences: "heart arrest" from cocaine, "itching" and "collapse of the immune system" from ecstasy (Springer Verlag. 50 Jahre Springer - 50 Jahre Zeitzeuge. Axel Springer Verlag, Hamburg, 1996, Fietz M. Haschisch an der Spitze; SPD: Mildere Strafen fuer Drogenhaendler. Die Welt 1997; pp. 1,2, Jan. 8, Rauschgiftbilanz 1994. Starke Nachfrage nach synthetischen Drogen. Deutsches Aerzteblatt 1995; 92: C-422, AIDS-Forschung 1996; 11: 47-56).
  Continuum Feb./March 19971997