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. Nutt and colleagues used three factors to determine the harm associated with any drug: the physical harm to the user, the drug's potential for addiction and the impact on society of drug use.It makes no sense to me why alcohol and tobacco are legal and marijuana is illegal for the reasons stated in this report. I think basing drug policy on this framework makes a lot of sense.
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.
Tobacco causes 40 percent of all hospital illnesses, while alcohol is blamed for more than half of all visits to hospital emergency rooms.
via MSNBC and The Scientific Activist
And can I mention how stupid the Washington Post's headline on this was: Study: Alcohol, Tobacco Worse Than Drugs? As if alcohol and tobacco aren't drugs. Maybe I will cut them some slack and assume that the title was originally 'than illegal drugs' and the illegal was cut out because it was too long.