Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs

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UIT Cambridge, 2012 - Psychology - 352 pages
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Prof David Nutt was appointed chairman of the UK Government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), in 2008. In 2009 he published an editorial in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, comparing the harms caused by horse-riding with the effect of taking ecstasy. As a result of this and other comments on the harms caused by legal and illegal drugs, he was sacked by the then Home Secretary. In Drugs - without the hot air Prof Nutt explains that all drugs are harmful, from tobacco to heroin. But not all drugs harm equally: the reader can make an informed decision regarding their own and their children's lifestyle. This book, born out of the controversy when he was sacked by HM Government, shows the deep rift between the Government's need to appear tough on drugs on the one hand, and a rational evidence-based approach to drugs legislation and treatment. Prof Nutt shows how the overall harms of a drug can be quantified, addressing issues ranging from direct danger of death, through to environmental, financial and family factors, to a give a true indication of the overall effect of a drug. He explains in depth how the common drugs - from heroin and cocaine, to alcohol and tobacco - affect us, and why we take them. Then, working from the facts, he recommends how society ought to address drugs and drug-taking, to minimize the harms at every level.

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This is a fantastic book. I would recommend anybody who works in a health care/scientific setting, or just for general interest to read it. I agree with everything said in this book and the dangers of alcohol which people should be more aware of.

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A must read. Undeniable facts that unfortunately many people are unwilling to believe!
If you are interested in drugs PLEASE READ THIS BOOK
If you know someone who is interested in drugs PLEASE ADVISE THEM TO READ THIS BOOK
If you are going to educate someone on drugs (especially children) PLEASE BE SURE YOUR FACTS ARE CORRECT, AND READ THIS BOOK
If someone is trying to educate you on drugs IT'S WORTH CHECKING THEIR FACTS BY READING THIS BOOK
If you don't do "drugs", but DO drink alcohol and/or smoke PLEASE READ THIS BOOK
 

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About the author (2012)

David Nutt is Edmond J Safra Professor of Neurosychopharmacology at Imperial College, London, but is best known as 'the scientist who was sacked' by the UK's Home Secretary because he compared the harms of horse-riding with taking ecstasy or cannabis.

He was Chair of the ACMD's Technical Committee for seven years, and became chairman of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs in 2010.

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