The “basket of vice” referred to in the index is comprised of four drug groups: cannabis, cocaine, opioids, and what Bloomberg calls “amphetamine-type stimulants”.
Bloomberg has ranked Luxembourg as “the most affordable nation to get high” in its 2019 global vice index.
The index looks at how much citizens of a country would need to spend, based on average income, on a “basket of vice” comprised of four groupings of drugs: cannabis, cocaine, opioids, and what Bloomberg calls “amphetamine-type stimulants” (ecstasy or meth, for example).
But the index is more of an economic gauge, looking at the price of these vices vis-à-vis the average income. In the case of Luxembourg, the basket of vice costs $197, the equivalent of 9% of average weekly income--which the study calculates “by approximation” as $2,191 by dividing 2018’s GDP per capita by 52.
Compare this to, say, the Netherlands (2nd) or the US (44th), where the same basket would cost on average $93 and $847, respectively.
The US basket price, in fact, has risen over 40% from the year prior, coming in as third most expensive in the world.