Saturday, March 24, 2007

Legal drugs more lethal than pot and ecstasy

Although I don't speak about it much here, I started my first blog, Last One Speaks, to focus on my pet issue of drug policy reform. So I love this study.
LONDON -- New "landmark" research finds that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than some illegal drugs like marijuana or Ecstasy and should be classified as such in legal systems, according to a new British study.

...In research published Friday in The Lancet magazine, Professor David Nutt of Britain's Bristol University and colleagues proposed a new framework for the classification of harmful substances, based on the actual risks posed to society. Their ranking listed alcohol and tobacco among the top 10 most dangerous substances.

Heroin and cocaine were ranked most dangerous, followed by barbiturates and street methadone. Alcohol was the fifth-most harmful drug and tobacco the ninth most harmful. Cannabis came in 11th, and near the bottom of the list was Ecstasy.
And a word of warning to those who enjoy the legal drugs. This could very well be the first salvo in a call for a new prohibition among the nanny government types.
While experts agreed that criminalizing alcohol and tobacco would be challenging, they said that governments should review the penalties imposed for drug abuse and try to make them more reflective of the actual risks and damages involved.

Nutt called for more education so that people were aware of the risks of various drugs. "All drugs are dangerous," he said. "Even the ones people know and love and use every day."
In fact, everything is dangerous if consumed to excess - even water, as those who recall the recent death of a radio show contestant in California will remember. The point is once you start the slide down the slippery slope of allowing nanny government to dictate non-infringing personal behavior, it's extraordinarily difficult to get back up that hill to common sense.

[h/t Tits McGee]

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We keep having to debate, defend and disassemble personal choice issues and it is such a waste of time. Government cannot and should not legislate the personal choice of adults. People will continue to choose to perform acts or ingest substances that could be hazardous, including ingesting drugs, sugars, fats,etc. Laws should never be written to impede the rights of adults to choose. The only laws we need are to protect others from reckless behavior such as driving while intoxicated or from muggings. That makes sense. But the continued mindless insistence of legislating the behavior of citizens to conform to one group's idea of moral correctness is an affront to the civil rights of every American which promises us all life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Where did these drones come from and how did they get to be in charge?

11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Amen Rocky.

10:24:00 AM  

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