Inquest into the Death of Nick Cave’s Son Shows Rise in Popularity of LSD Use
The death of Australian rocker Nick Cave’s son, Arthur Cave, has shed light on the fact that LSD use is on the rise among young people in the UK. An inquest into the 15-year-old’s tragic death revealed that he had taken LSD with a friend prior to his fatal fall from a cliff in Brighton. At the inquest, DC Vicky Loft read Arthur’s friend’s statement and said that both the children had started experiencing the effects of the drug, including paranoia and vivid hallucinations, before they “went their separate ways.” She went on to say that it is clear they could not tell what was real and what was not real. After separating from his friend, Arthur was then seen staggering and zig-zagging along the edge of a cliff before he fell to his death. The inquest declared Arthur Cave’s death accidental and the coroner accepted that LSD was a contributing factor in his fatal fall. LSD use can impair a person’s perception of depth and time, as well as their ability to see common dangers, which makes people under the influence of this drug especially vulnerable to personal injury and death. Loft went on to say that the two young friends had researched LSD effects online before taking it, and while they read advice about not taking too much and about how long the effects would last, they did not encounter much information about the potential negative effects. After the inquest, experts warned of a resurgence in LSD use. The drug was popular in the 1960’s and 70’s, and experts say it is again now more popular than people realise. trigger or aggravate underlying mental health disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. It can also cause severe and acute bouts of depression, fatigue, and anxiety after the effects have worn off. Tolerance to LSD develops rapidly which means users will need to take more of the drug to reach the desired effects. Long-term effects of use can include experiencing disturbing flashbacks even weeks or months after use. Psychological dependence can also develop, which inevitably causes problems in all areas of a person’s life.When Nick Caves’s son, Arthur, died after taking LSD, statistics showed that the use of LSD has risen 117% in the UK in the past year, and lack of proper education on the effects and dangers of the drug is the likely cause.