UK Drug Czar Warns That Alcohol Is More Dangerous That Ecstasy
October 30, 2009
UK (ChattahBox) – An official for the British government has released a statement saying that the priority of drug dangers should be changed, putting alcohol and cigarettes ahead of ecstasy, LSD, and other drugs.
Professor David Nutt, the senior drug czar, has stated quite plainly that be believed the focus on stopping teenagers from doing certain drugs should be put down as a second priority to getting them to stop drinking and smoking.
“I think we have to accept young people like to experiment – with drugs and other potentially harmful activities – and what we should be doing in all of this is to protect them from harm at this stage of their lives.
“We therefore have to provide more accurate and credible information. If you think that scaring kids will stop them using, you’re probably wrong.”
Professor Nutt has been vocal about the issue of drugs over the last several years, often accusing the government of doing more harm than good by offering misinformation about the alleged dangers of some types.
For example, he has said that, scientifically speaking, LSD is about as dangerous as riding a horse, and that the alleged lies spread about marijuana by the former home secretary is close to criminal.
His report, done as an extensive release to the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, states that only through giving an honest examination about the effects of drugs and alcohol can we combat the dangers of using them.
His new classification would put alcohol as the fifth most dangerous, behind heroine, cocaine, barbiturates, and methadone, and ahead of marijuana, LSD, and ecstasy. Tobacco would factor just ahead of heroine on the list.
But with a general election just around the corner, it is unlikely that his request will be taken under consideration by either sides of the political spectrum. It has been far too controversial an issue for too long. But the findings are no less researched despite this, and there is quite a bit of support in the academic field.
“Professor Nutt’s briefing gives us an insight into what drugs policy might look like if it was based on the research evidence, rather than political posturing and moralistic positioning,” CCJS director, Richard Garside, said.