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Drugs without the hot air: Making Sense of Legal and Illegal Drugs

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There's an inherent danger in any sector of education: if the teachings fail to measure up to the truth, then we'll be paving the way for a deep distrust and a greater apathy. Also, alternative policies, sometimes based on how alcohol and tobacco products are regulated in certain countries. The central themes are that all drugs are harmful, from tobacco to heroin; that not all drugs harm equally; that we have to measure all the different harms of each drug. Having enjoyed a Hay-Festival talk involving David Nutt among others, which discussed the current attitude towards drugs, and whether the "War on Drugs" had failed, I immediately bought and read this book. He mentions that 7% of heroin users first tried heroin in prison whereas in the Netherlands, where cannabis use is decriminalised, heroin use is among the lowest in Europe.

He is the chairman of Drug Science, a non-profit which he founded in 2010 to provide independent, evidence-based information on drugs.He lists the risks, harms, and advantages of recreational drug use; and ranks legal and illegal drugs considering a series of relevant factors. There are a variety of reasons for taking drugs, and they are almost all reasons that are hardwired into us. Very readable, enlightening and a useful book for everyone, since almost everyone uses drugs of some kind. Examining the two activities across a range of metrics, Nutt estimated that every 10,000th ecstasy pill leads to an “adverse event,” while a rider is injured every 350th episode.

or better yet your political friends who like to argue about it read this book and wow them with your sensible logic.The above exchange occurred in 2011, and if anything, the situation in both the UK and US has deteriorated since then. But, as many people are aware, policy-makers can often be swayed by emotive arguments and personal prejudices.

A clear and reasonable perspective on a complicated and controversial area from an expert unafraid of talking sense to power about addictive drugs, legal or illegal. You may not think so, because we arbitrarily divide drugs into those that are legal and those that are illegal.

In the US there were more than 60,000 deaths from opioids in 2017, a total greater than all the American deaths in the Vietnam war. Perhaps I'm not the target audience, maybe it's for people who haven't though much about the issue before. Chapter 13 was partially a continuation of 12 on a new subject (performance enhancing) that just didn't seem to say much with backing and stuck to more general conjecture on the issue. I responded in The Times that I didn’t understand what he meant when he said I had crossed the line from scie.

And although treating addiction to heroin and cocaine as a primarily medical problem could be seen as ‘soft on drugs’, he’s arguing for it on the basis that it is the best way to minimise harm. From Mexico to Uruguay, governments are debating liberalizing drug laws and even setting up regulated, legal markets. I heard about this book in a Psychedelic Medicine course I took this year at uni all about the applications of psychedelic medicine in treating mental health problems and it is definitely one of the best modules I have taken.

However, if I took some ecstasy and collapsed from dehydration after dancing too much, but then went back and took more ecstasy the following week, you might think me a fool. With alcohol we feel more open to talking, with tobacco less nervous, with heroin we can get the pain to go away.

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