The Inconvenient Truth About Drugs

Professor David Nutt is a British psychiatrist who was fired from his position as
Government advisor late last year because he presented challenging information
about the relative harm of drugs.

Professor Nutt’s view is that illicit drugs should be classified according to
evidence of the actual harm they cause.

His analysis of nine ‘parameters of harm’ (grouped as ‘physical
harm’, ‘dependence’, ‘and ‘social harms’) classified alcohol and tobacco as more
harmful than LSD, ecstasy and cannabis. In this ranking, alcohol came fifth
behind heroin, cocaine, barbiturates and methadone, and tobacco ranked ninth,
ahead of cannabis, LSD and ecstasy.

Professor Nutt is currently the Edmund J SafraProfessor
of Neuropsychopharmacology and Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology
Unit at Imperial College London. He is also Chair of the Independent
Scientific Committee on Drugs and President of the European College
of Neuropsychopharmacology.

 

This is a really great lecture – essentially his view is that UK drug laws are not based on science and that alcohol and tobacco are the most harmful of all drugs based on his comparative research. 

Really fascinating stuff and worth watching the whole hour.


The Inconvenient Truth About Drugs

Professor David Nutt is a British psychiatrist who was fired from his position as
Government advisor late last year because he presented challenging information
about the relative harm of drugs.

Professor Nutt’s view is that illicit drugs should be classified according to
evidence of the actual harm they cause.

His analysis of nine ‘parameters of harm’ (grouped as ‘physical
harm’, ‘dependence’, ‘and ‘social harms’) classified alcohol and tobacco as more
harmful than LSD, ecstasy and cannabis. In this ranking, alcohol came fifth
behind heroin, cocaine, barbiturates and methadone, and tobacco ranked ninth,
ahead of cannabis, LSD and ecstasy.

Professor Nutt is currently the Edmund J SafraProfessor
of Neuropsychopharmacology and Director of the Neuropsychopharmacology
Unit at Imperial College London. He is also Chair of the Independent
Scientific Committee on Drugs and President of the European College
of Neuropsychopharmacology.

 

This is a really great lecture – essentially his view is that UK drug laws are not based on science and that alcohol and tobacco are the most harmful of all drugs based on his comparative research. 

Really fascinating stuff and worth watching the whole hour.