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Alcohol More Dangerous Than Crack Or Heroin

Posted 11/02/2010 8:30 am by

Dr. David Nutt, while having a great name, is also a brilliant scientist.  His specialty is the study of narcotics and other dangerous drugs, so when he speaks, no matter how crazy he might sound, he’s speaking from a place of evidence.  Professor Nutt recently stated that the three most dangerous drugs are alcohol, crack, and heroin, in that order.  That’s right, alcohol is probably more dangerous than all the other drugs, thanks to its ease of purchase, widespread use, and myriad physical problems caused by it.

That’s one of the reasons why Nutt is against the criminalization of personal amounts of certain drugs, like marijuana and Ecstasy. “By legislating on a substance without reliable scientifically based evidence, we run the risk of causing more harm through criminalizing users than might be caused by the drug itself,” writes Professor Nutt on his blog, Evidence not Exaggeration.  “The evidence on drug harms should not be sacrificed for political and media pressure.”

Of course, the availability and damage done by alcohol and cigarettes is offset by the economic benefit of selling and taxing them in an official way, some say.  Both sides of the legalized marijuana debate are likely to pick up studies like these and point to them as evidence either for or against their argument.

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