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Sex workers who use LSD have lower suicide risk, study finds

The piece focuses on Elena Argento's study of reduced suicidality among sex workers who have used psychedelic drugs.

Globe and Mail
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Sex workers who use psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms are associated with a markedly reduced risk of suicide, raising the possibility of new and innovative ways to treat a marginalized population.

That’s the conclusion of a study by the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative (GSHI) at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, which investigated whether such drugs could have a “protective effect” on sex workers, who are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts than the general population.