LSD Statistics

Paul Austin · September 26th, 2015

LSD Statistics are limited to what’s available on websites promoting government propaganda. Unfortunately, LSD statistics are not as informative as statistics on many other drugs.

Here is what we can tell you about the use of LSD:

  • In Europe, up to 4.2% of those aged 15 to 24 have taken LSD at least once. In fact, seven countries have a user rate of over 1%: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Hungary and Poland.
  • In America, since 1975, researchers funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse have annually surveyed nearly 17,000 high school seniors nationwide to determine trends in drug use and to measure the students’ attitudes and beliefs about drug abuse (for a graph chart depicting this survey, please refer to this Erowid Resource
    • From this research, it was determined the lowest period of LSD use was reported by the class of 1986, when 7.2% of high school seniors reported using LSD at least once in their lives.
    • The percentage of seniors reporting LSD use at least once over the course of the prior year nearly doubled from a low of 4.4% in 1985 to 8.4% in 1997. In 1997, 13.6% of seniors had experimented with LSD at least once in their lives.
  • A study released in January 2008 found that about 3.1 million people in the US aged 12 to 25 said they had used LSD.
  • In a similar survey, carried out in 2013, the NIDA found that 6.50% of individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 have used LSD at least once, while 11% of individuals over the age of 26 have used LSD (for more, see this resource)

As a summary, about 10% of individuals in America have, at some point, tried LSD. In Europe, this number is slightly lower.

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